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Woman rescued from Point Fermin cliffs [Update]

February 25, 2009 |  2:17 pm

A 23-year-old woman was hospitalized this afternoon after she was rescued from the Point Fermin cliffs in San Pedro. In this 2008 photo, an unidentified man is airlifted off the rocks at Point Fermin after he reportedly fell and was unable to climb back up. Credit: Scott Anger / Los Angeles Times Updated 12:18 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27: Police now say the person rescued was a 16-year-old girl. Read more here.

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A 23-year-old woman was hospitalized this afternoon after she was rescued from the Point Fermin cliffs in San Pedro, authorities said. The unidentified woman was airlifted from the bottom of the cliffs and taken by ambulance to Harbor-UCLA Hospital with leg, back and neck pain, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Firefighters were dispatched to the 1000 block of Paseo del Mar about 12:42 p.m. by helicopter, boats and trucks, Humphrey said.  Police are trying to determine if the woman fell or jumped off the cliff, he said. The Point Fermin cliffs have a history of falls, including one that killed USC football player Mario Danelo two years ago. The cliffs also serve as a scenic spot for photographers and a destination for geologists studying "slump" landslides, or land that moves downhill as one piece.

-- Ruben Vives

Photo: A 23-year-old woman was hospitalized this afternoon after she was rescued from the Point Fermin cliffs in San Pedro. In this 2008 photo, an unidentified man is airlifted off the rocks at Point Fermin after he reportedly fell and was unable to climb back up. Credit: Scott Anger / Los Angeles Times

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