A 19-year-old man found himself suspended 700 feet in the air from California’s tallest bridge after getting stuck while filming a stunt with a friend.
The incident occurred Tuesday when the two teens broke in to gain access to the Foresthill Bridge structure over the North Fork American River.
Then the 19-year-old clung to a rope above the river and was swinging between the bridge’s giant metal structures when he got stuck.
At that point, his 17-year-old friend called emergency services for help – but continued to film the saga even after rescuers arrived.
Rescuers were able to climb to the point where the 19-year-old had lowered himself – about 30 feet below the walkway – then climbed down to hoist him to the upper level and bring him to safety.
None of the teens were injured in Tuesday’s incident.
The rescue required the combined efforts of more than 20 first responders from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) as well as the local California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL Fire).
A statement from the sheriff’s office said: “PCSO deputies arrived and a command post was set up for the two agencies to coordinate incoming resources.
“(Rescue crews) proceeded to the walkway under the bridge and located the subject.
“The PCSO Mountain Search and Rescue Team was called and several team members responded to assist. »
The sheriff’s office praised rescuers for their “outstanding job” in “saving this young man’s life.”
He added that “trespassing on Foresthill Bridge is still illegal”.
Still, both teens were released without charges, Good Morning America reported.
The identities of the teens have not been released and it is unclear whether footage of the rescue will be released online.
The bridge is the fourth largest in the United States and the largest in California. I’m thinking of the towns of Foresthill and Auburn.