SFFD Use Cellphone Signal to Locate Brother, Sister Clinging to Cliff

A teen brother and sister were rescued when they called for help while clinging to a cliff after tumbling from a scenic lookout in San Francisco’s Lands End park this afternoon, according to a San Francisco fire dispatcher.

The brother and sister, 15 and 16 years old, were hiking in the Dead Man’s Point area near the Legion of Honor when they fell from the side of the cliff. While holding on to cliff side, they used a cellphone to call firefighters at 4:42 p.m., the dispatcher said.

The siblings weren’t sure exactly where they were, so firefighters triangulated their approximate location using the signal from cellphone towers. Rescue crews started hiking down to the area, while a rescue boat spotted them from the water.

Once they were located, firefighters made quick work pulling them back to the top of the cliff. They had ground back under their feet by 6 p.m.

Paramedics checked them both out, but neither of the teens was seriously injured, the dispatcher said.

Scott Morris, Bay City News

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