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LACFD rescues woman from Point Dume

Olivia Kristen (middle) has her blood pressure checked by Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters following her rescue from a rock at Point Dume State Beach on Monday, June 30. (Photo by Chris Bashaw/22nd Century Media)
Chris Bashaw, Assistant Editor
11:46 am PDT June 30, 2014

A woman was rescued from Point Dume State Beach by officials from the Los Angeles County Fire Department at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 30. 

Sergeant Philip Brooks of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Malibu-Lost Hills station said a 9:56 a.m. call came in to the station regarding the hiker, Olivia Kristen, who Brooks said the caller told authorities was “stuck on a rock and could not move or else she would fall.” 

At the scene at Point Dume State Beach, swift-water rescue boats patrolled the Malibu coast while a helicopter flew overhead, but the LACFD's ground units ultimately made the rescue.

“We have three options with these rescues,” said Captain Eric Howell of the LACFD Lifeguards, “sometimes we have to put the victim in the water and get them on a boat, sometimes we have to get them in a helicopter – but the first and best option is what we just did, which is to walk them out.”

Although appearing shaken from the incident, Kristen reported no injuries to firefighters and paramedics, who took her blood pressure as a matter of course.