Father and son rescued after car plunges 500 feet down cliff

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Rancho Cordova (Calif .) — Rancho Cordova’s father and son were rescued Monday after their car fell 500 feet from a cliff in Mariposa County, CBS San Francisco reports.

It happened during the height of wild storms in the region.

The outcome could have been disastrous if it weren’t for the “quick response”, which Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremey Brriese credits to the sharp eyes of a Cal Fire firefighter, who happened to be passing by.

The roads were a mess but the firefighter who was returning from a call noticed that a road marker had fallen and pulled over to investigate.

The California Highway Patrol said Scott Anderson, 51, was traveling with his 11-year-old son when he lost control of his Toyota while making a turn in the rain. The car flipped several more times before colliding into a ditch.

“A Cal Fire employee saw signs that the car was possibly involved in a traffic accident or had this delineator down, the sheriff stated. “They were brave and their skills enabled them to find the vehicle. “

The four-hour operation was complicated due to rain and steep terrain, but it was finally completed by sheer

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” The area where the car went off is a steep canyon and it’s a rural area of the county,” Briese stated.

It took a small army of search-and-rescue teams to pull the two men up the cliff.

“I know the ropes they were using were 600-foot ropes, and once they reached the patients, they had about 100 feet left,” Briese said.

Anderson and his son suffered moderate injuries, authorities said. They were both still in local hospitals at the time of their last check. Investigators found that both were wearing seatbelts.

“Definitely, somebody was looking out for them,” Briese said.

The CHP stated that alcohol and drugs were not factors in the crash.

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