Monday, January 12, 2009
It was such a gorgeous day yesterday...80 degrees and the Santa Ana winds were merely mild breezes along the coast. My husband and I decided to go the San Pedro's Point Fermin to take in the sunset. Unfortunately our visit took a sad turn as we were to discover when, with the blaze of sirens seemingly coming from everywhere, the fire department, police, four rescue boats and eventually 2 rescue helicopters arrived at the park.
We learned that a woman fell down the cliff and was seriously injured. We watched as numerous firemen made their way down the cliff to rescue this woman, strap her into a carrier and hoist her up into the helicopter. Rumors were flying about as how horribly injured she was and that her boyfriend had proposed to her shortly before she fell. As I was taking photos, tears were welling up in my eyes. This was a very emotional experience and I just couldn't help thinking of what pain she must be in. A very brief article in today's Long Beach Press-Telegram states that she was 50 years old and although in serious condition, her injuries are not life threatening.
What was so very rewarding was watching the outstanding teamwork that went into this rescue. Something I've never witnessed before. There must have been nearly 50 people from the various departments involved in this effort. It's reassuring to know that they are there for us when we really need them.