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Jun 19, 2013 12:22 AM by Associated Press

CHP copter saves teens from soaring Sierra cliff

SIERRA CITY, Calif. (AP) - Two stranded teenage boys were plucked off a peak at an elevation of more than 8,000 feet by a California Highway Patrol helicopter as it was rocked by gusty winds.

The boys had been climbing along a steep ridge before becoming stuck on a tiny plateau in the Sierra Nevada.

Sixteen-year-old Austin Deschler tells KXTV that he and a 17-year-old friend had climbed to the spot Saturday for a picture without realizing they couldn't make it down. Hikers spotted them and called 911.

In a dramatic rescue captured on video (on.news10.net/1aqMN8I), the helicopter had nowhere to land so had to lower a harness.

It took multiple tries because of winds over 20 mph, but eventually the boys grabbed the hook and were hoisted to safety.

Deschler called the rescue "terrifying."

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Information from: KXTV-TV.

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