California Highway Patrol air rescuers battled windy conditions to pluck two stranded teenagers from a 8,600-foot-high cliff in the Sierra Buttes Saturday.
CHP Valley Division Air Operations responded at 5:45 p.m. Saturday to a call from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The boys, ages 16 and 17, had been climbing along a steep ridge line before becoming stranded.
CHP personnel, after consulting with the Sierra County Sheriff's Department, dispatched a plane and a helicopter. As the plane's cameras zoomed in on the teens, officers in the plane communicated with the boys via loudspeaker.
The boys had been on a hike, but were not wearing proper hiking gear, said CHP flight officer Kevin Livingston, who was part of the rescue.
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