Rescue teams responded to the aid of two teenage boys who became stuck on a cliffside above the Nisqually River on Monday night. One of the boys had a cell phone and called for help at approximately 8 p.m.
Team members from Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, Tacoma Mountain Rescue and firefighters from the Pierce County Special Operations Rescue Team completed the rescue. Personnel from various agencies including Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, DuPont Fire and Police Departments and Fort Lewis Fire Department aided the technical rescue teams in their efforts. The boys were found unharmed, but were transported to the hospital for evaluation. The rescue operation took over 35 personnel to complete successfully.
The ground was unstable and due to the steep slope, required the boys to hold on until rescuers could reach them. During the rescue, team members rappelled down the side of the cliff on a rope, secured the boys and returned them to the top of the cliff.
The location of the climbers was in Pierce County on Fort Lewis property. The reason the boys decided to climb the cliff is unknown. Due to the weather and terrain, the rescuers are commended for their successful rescue.