LOS GATOS — A cliffside rescue Friday left three people who had been driving in wet weather deeply grateful for help from a California Highway Patrol officer, authorities said.
According to a social-media post by the CHP’s Santa Cruz office, a CHP officer responded around 11:15 a.m. to a call reporting a car stuck in a ditch in the 800 block of Old Mill Pond Road, near the Glenwood area of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
When the officer arrived, he found the car was “not teetering on a ditch but in fact, teetering on the side of a cliff!”
Within a few minutes, the officer managed to soothe and calm three people inside the car, who were “scared for their lives” and “in disbelief.”
After carefully following the officer’s “clear and concise instructions on how to safely exit the car,” the three were able to get out safe and sound.
Alongside images of the car balanced on the cliff edge by one rear tire, the CHP warned residents about exercising caution.
“Again, we cannot stress this enough. Please ONLY drive if it’s necessary,” the post said in closing.
“If you do need to drive please slow down, be aware of your surroundings, and give enough space between yourself and surrounding vehicles.”
Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.