Father and Son Rescued from Cliff, Thanks to Quick-thinking Dispatcher

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A CHP helicopter rescues a father and son from a cliff in Solano County Sunday afternoon. Courtesy: CHP, Golden Gate Air Operations


A quick-thinking, social media savvy dispatcher helped locate  a man who had fallen from a cliff and was stuck.

Sunday afternoon, an 11-year-old boy called 911 and said his father had fallen from a cliff while on a hike in Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve, in Putah Creek State Wildlife Area.

The initial GPS coordinates from the call did not give a specific enough location for the father and son.

A resourceful CHP dispatcher was able to use the caller’s last name to find a Facebook profile post, where the father identified the trail he would be hiking that day with his son.

Using that trail location information, CHP’s aircraft was able to locate the 11-year-old boy, overlooking his father’s location.

A helicopter with a hoist was needed to rescue the two because of the rugged location.

The boy and his father were rescued, and hoisted to a safe location to be treated before being taken to a hospital.

The father is being treated for possible life-threatening injuries.

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