A driver whose truck took a 100-foot nosedive off a cliff in Southern California was saved after being stuck at the bottom of a deep gully for almost five days, said the authorities.
On Saturday, rescue teams dashed to the scene after getting word of a truck lying at the foot of a steep hill, southeast of Bakersfield, in a spot known as Sheep’s Trail, reported the Kern County Fire Department.
When they got there, “they found a badly damaged pickup truck and one occupant at the bottom of a 100′ cliff,” the department wrote.
One brave firefighter rappelled down using a rope and quickly figured out that the driver was hurt and had been cooped up in the truck since it crashed near Stallion Springs last Tuesday, according to an incident report.
Next, three more firefighters were lowered into the deep ditch. The unnamed individual was carefully put into a rescue basket and hauled up to safe ground. Videos and pics of the daring rescue were made public by the authorities.
After the rescue, an ambulance rushed the driver to a landing spot, where a helicopter then flew him to a nearby hospital. Officials kept mum about the driver’s condition, though.
All in all, a hefty crew of 21 people took part in the rescue mission, including fire engines, patrol units, and a specialized search and rescue team.
Both the California Highway Patrol and Stallion Springs Police pitched in to help with the rescue.
As of Sunday, what caused the crash was still up in the air and under investigation.