Two trapped hikers were taken off of a dangerous slope near Belmont Park in Orange by rescuers forced to use ropes instead of a helicopter due to power-line danger, authorities said Thursday.
The Orange City Fire Department responded to a report of two hikers who had fallen down a slope shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday, said the department’s Capt. Ian MacDonald.
The hikers called 911 using a cell phone, reporting that they were half- way down a cliff near a power line tower. They added that they were holding on to a tree branch to keep themselves from falling further, MacDonald said.
The hikers were south of Belmont Park at 4536 E. Via Escola, near the northern border of Orange.
A man and woman, both estimated to be in their mid-20s, were located about 100 feet down a slope by an Anaheim police helicopter, which responded to assist in the search, MacDonald said.
“The incident commander decided to have the victims rescued from the top of the slope using rescue paramedics and a rope rescue system,” MacDonald said. “The decision was made due to high tension power lines, the difficult terrain and the darkness making an aerial rescue by helicopter too dangerous.”
Both victims were safely rescued. One of them had minor injuries but decided not to be transported to a hospital, MacDonald said.
Twenty-eight firefighters, including the Orange City Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue Team, responded to the scene.
—City News Service
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