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A man is rescued from the cliffs alongside West Cliff Drive by Santa Cruz Fire responders on Wednesday afternoon after he and a group of other men became stranded on the rocks. (Kevin Johnson/Sentinel)

SANTA CRUZ -- Five young men were rescued by firefighters from the bottom of a cliff near Lighthouse Field Wednesday afternoon after being trapped by rising tide.

The group of men were reported stranded at the bottom of a cliff near the 700 block of West Cliff Drive about 3 p.m. High tide was at 2:25 p.m.

Four rescue swimmers from the Santa Cruz Fire Department used paddleboards to rescue the stranded men, who were in their 20s, towing them one-by-one with a flotation device to a nearby beach, Battalion Chief Mike Venezio said.

The rescue took about 30 to 40 minutes, he said. No one was injured.

It's the second rescue from a Santa Cruz area beach this week. Two teenage girls were rescued from the base of a cliff between Natural Bridges State Beach and Long Marine Laboratory on Monday. In that rescue, firefighters lowered a 35-foot ladder for the girls to climb up. They were not injured.



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