Written by City News Service
Firefighters used a helicopter to rescue a man today who fell or climbed into an abandoned water tank while he was hiking in Topanga State Park, just above Pacific Palisades, a fire department spokesman said.
The drama began when a 911 call was received by the fire department at 11:53 a.m., according to fire department spokesman Erik Scott.
The 20-foot deep water tank was located on the Sullivan Ridge Fire Road, northeast of Palisades Highlands, Scott said, adding the hiker entered the area through Murphy Ranch Gate.
"Our preliminary information was that there was some wires or cables there that the hiker may have used to climb into the tank and then couldn't get himself out," Scott said.
When firefighters arrived at the scene, they called for a helicopter to lift the man out of the tank, Scott continued.
"He was hoisted out unhurt and brought to a polo field at Will Rogers State Park where he was met by paramedics," Scott added. "There was no hospital transport."