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L.A. firefighters rescuing stranded cliff climbers in Chatsworth [Updated]

August 16, 2011 |  8:21 pm

Fire Department rescue in Chatsworth Los Angeles firefighters Tuesday night were attempting to rescue two youths who were clinging to the side of a steep cliff above Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Chatsworth.

The two "free climbers" were perched on a ledge on the western side of the cliff above 10870 Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Stony Point Park, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Live footage on KCAL-TV showed a Fire Department helicopter hovering alongside the cliff, shining a bright light on the youths as a firefighter tied to a rope worked his way toward them with a rescue harness.

Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said the two youths were about 300 feet above the ground.

[Updated at 8:54 p.m.: The two climbers were rescued and released on the ground, the Fire Department said.]

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Map shows area of rescue operation. Credit: Times' Mapping L.A.

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