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2 hikers rescued by helicopter from rain-soaked Malibu cliff

January 28, 2013 |  7:27 am

Two hikers stranded for at least three hours on a rain-soaked cliff in Malibu Creek State Park were rescued by helicopter early Monday morning, authorities said.

The 29-year-old man and 31-year-old woman found the cliff too dangerous to descend and used a cellphone to call for help at around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, said Reserve Deputy David Katz of the L.A. County sheriff's Malibu/Lost Hills Station.

Members of the sheriff's Malibu search and rescue team went to the park, near Century Lake, but the recent rains that saturated the cliff also made climbing too dangerous for rescue personnel, Katz said.

An L.A. County Fire Department helicopter was called to assist with the rescue and its crew hoisted the hikers to safety at 12:30 a.m., Katz said. It was the second rescue in one week from Malibu Creek State Park, officials said.

In a separate incident, county fire helicopters lifted four stranded hikers to safety from Strawberry Peak Trail in the Angeles National Forest late Sunday, a sheriff's lieutenant said. One of the hikers had called the Crescenta Valley sheriff's station from his cellphone around 7 p.m. Sunday  to say no one was injured but the weather was turning cold and they had no supplies, said sheriff's Lt. Elisabeth Sachs.

Rescuers located the hikers at 10:30 p.m., after which they were hoisted to safety, Sachs said.

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-- From a Times staff writer

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