MALIBU ( — Two lifeguards and a female climber needed rescue Saturday afternoon when all got stranded at Pirates Cove, according to Los Angeles County Fire officials.

Members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Malibu Search and Rescue Team responded to the location, just East of Westward Beach, to assist Los Angeles County Fire personnel.

Authorities said a female climber — shoeless and wearing only a bathing suit — first became stranded on a cliff about 50 feet above the rocks.

A lifeguard captain in a nearby rescue boat, saw that the woman needed help and, using his radio, guided two lifeguards to the woman’s location, about 4:15 p.m. Saturday.

In a written statement, the Malibu Search and Rescue Team, said Malibu lifeguards climbed up to meet the woman but found themselves stuck as well.

A Search and Rescue team member was deployed over the side of the cliff to help the the two lifeguards. The stranded woman had been rope-rescued by some nearby climbers.

The Sheriff’s Malibu Search and Rescue team member harnessed the two lifeguards and lowered them safely to the sand below.

The lifeguards and the woman were unhurt.

According to the Search and Rescue team, this was the second rescue at this same location this year.


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