Man Freed From Clairemont Ravine

By Lauren Steussy
|  Friday, Feb 8, 2013  |  Updated 3:10 PM PDT
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Man Freed From Clairemont Ravine

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Emergency crews responded to Clairemont Friday afternoon to assist a man who was stuck in a ravine.

According to the San Diego Fire Department, a man unfamiliar with the area misstepped and fell 50 feet down the ravine in the 4200 block of Balboa Avenue.

Fire officials arrived to help the man at about 1 p.m. By about 1:30 p.m., they had successfully pulled him out.

The man was conscious when crews pulled him from the ravine on a stretcher, but was stabilized and transported to the hospital, according to John Fisher, Battalion Chief with San Diego Fire Rescue Department.

Firefighters rappelled down and conducted a low-angle rescue using a system of rope pulleys. 

On his way down the cactus-covered canyon, he "suffered quite a few cactus injuries," Fisher said.

His condition is not known at this time. 

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