SAN DIEGO -- San Diego lifeguards Tuesday rescued a young woman who apparently became stranded on a cliff above Black's Beach without her clothes.
Dozens of lifeguards and Fire Engine Company 9 were sent to the Torrey Pines Gliderport at about 2:15 p.m. in response to a 911 call, according to San Diego Fire and Rescue Department spokesman Maurice Luque. The identity of the caller was not known, but the woman could not be seen from the top of the cliff, so it may have come from a hang glider who saw her from above or a beachgoer who saw her from below.
It took lifeguards about 30 minutes to rig a series of rescue ropes. A female lifeguard then rappelled about a third of the way down the 500-foot cliff to an exposed ledge, where the very exposed 27-year-old woman was stuck.
After hooking up the young woman in a rescue harness, the lifeguard helped her rappel to the beach several hundred feet below, where she was provided with clothing. The entire operation took about an hour from start to finish.
The young woman was unharmed, Luque said. She will not be charged for the rescue, he added.
"She just became stuck," Luque said. "This happens all the time at Torrey Pines and Mission Trails."
Park rangers cited the woman for disregarding signs and entering a restricted area of Torrey Pines State Park. She then walked up a hiking trail from the beach to her car, which was parked near the Gliderport.
Black's Beach has been widely considered a "clothing optional'' recreation spot for decades, though lifeguards began handing out public nudity citations there about 12 years ago. Despite the effort to enforce a standard of modesty there, however, some insist on enjoying the scenic stretch of shoreline au naturel.