One hiker is thanking her lucky stars, and the brave rescue workers who saved her life, after she spent more than two grueling hours clinging to the side of vertical cliff some 500 feet above a canyon.
The 24-year-old woman reportedly became trapped while hiking with a friend in Topanga State Park in Malibu, California.
Her hiking partner was somehow able to climb back up to the top of the cliff but the woman remained where she was, paralyzed by fear.
ABC News adds:
The woman’s hiking partner turned yellow string into a makeshift safety line for her to hold onto, while trying to reach authorities for help on his cell phone. Rescuers from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department finally arrived nearly two hours later, just as nightfall began to descend.
After convincing the terrified hiker she was safe to let go, sheriff officials lifted her to safety in their helicopter, just around 6:30 p.m.
Footage of the dramatic rescue was caught-on-tape by a rescue helmet-cam worn by one of the rescuers, and released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The identities of the two hikers have not been released.
Fox News provides the chilling footage: