Helicopter rescues man stuck on cliff

April 7, 2008 7:50:28 AM PDT
Opening weekend for this year's abalone season almost turned tragic for a Daly City man.

A Sonoma County sheriff's helicopter crew had to rescue 56-year-old Harold Ng after he became stuck on a side of a steep cliff.

Authorities say after diving Sunday, Ng was trying to make his way up a 300-foot cliff near Fort Ross when he apparently missed the trail.

A sheriff's helicopter was patrolling the coast when it spotted Ng as he struggled about 30 feet from the top of the cliff.

A crewmember was lowered from the helicopter on a rescue line and plucked Ng from the side of the cliff.

Ng didn't' require any medical care, but rescuers described him as "exhausted" from the ordeal.