2 rescued after driving off coastal cliff

July 11, 2009 3:39:54 PM PDT
An emergency response helicopter crew carried out a beach landing and rescue on the Sonoma Coast Friday evening after two people in a pickup truck drove off a cliff along state Highway 1, according to the sheriff's department.

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The paramedic air crew aboard Henry-1 was dispatched to Salmon Creek Beach within Sonoma Coast State Park at around 7:30 p.m., where a 50-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy had driven of the roadway near the community of Salmon Creek, and crashed at the bottom of a 75-foot cliff, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department. The two victims were injured and trapped inside the truck.

The helicopter landed directly on the beach 12 minutes later, the sheriff's department reported, where emergency personnel from the Bodega Bay Fire Department and state parks were extricating and treating the two victims.

The helicopter took off to about 100-feet, and one at a time, the victims were secured in rescue equipment and hoisted to ambulances on the bluffs and that took them to a hospital.

Both were in stable condition and expected to survive, according to the sheriff's office.

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