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Coast Guard helicopter crew rescues surfer from cliff in Oregon

A surfer, in a black wetsuit, sits on a cliffside near Yaquina Head Lighthouse in Newport, Oregon, after he climbed to safety on May 13, 2018. A Coast Guard aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter form Air Facility Newport hoisted the man from the cliff.

JUSTIN BENCH/U.S. COAST GUARD

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 15, 2018

NEWPORT, Ore. — A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a stranded surfer from a cliff in Newport.

KPTV-TV reports Lincoln County dispatchers relayed a call to Coast Guard watch standers in North Bend about a stranded surfer Sunday evening.

Authorities say the surfer abandoned his surfboard and tried to climb up a rocky cliff near Yaquina Head Lighthouse after being pulled from the beach by a riptide.

A Coast Guard crew helicopter hoisted the surfer from the cliff.

Authorities say the surfer was not injured.

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