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Stranded hikers rescued from cliff in Desolation Wilderness

Two hikers from Sacramento who became stranded on a cliff in the Desolation Wilderness were rescued by El Dorado County sheriff’s search and rescue volunteers and a California Highway Patrol helicopter crew on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017.
Two hikers from Sacramento who became stranded on a cliff in the Desolation Wilderness were rescued by El Dorado County sheriff’s search and rescue volunteers and a California Highway Patrol helicopter crew on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017.

Two hikers who became stranded on a cliff in the Desolation Wilderness were rescued Sunday.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a report about 11:35 a.m. that two hikers were stranded near Lake Sylvia, at an elevation of 6,700 feet, inside the Eldorado National Forest. The two women, Lisa Tran and Sarah Pollo, both of Sacramento, were on a cliff and unable to go down or up, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Because of the remote location and distance into the wilderness, the California Highway Patrol Air Operations unit was asked to assist with the rescue, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The CHP helicopter crew located the hikers on the ledge of a steep cliff. Search and rescue volunteers, with the assistance of the helicopter, used long ropes to lower the hikers to safety, the news release said.

The rescue took more than four hours, and no one was injured.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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