PACIFIC PALISADES ( — Firefighters had to use a helicopter Saturday to rescue a hiker who was stranded inside an abandoned water tank in Topanga State Park.

The incident began around 11:50 a.m. when the fire department got a 911 call, according to spokesperson Erik Scott.

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The tank, located on Sullivan Ridge Fire Road, just northeast of the Palisades Highlands, was about 20-feet deep, according to Scott.

“Our preliminary information was that there was some wires or cables there that the hiker may have used to climb into the tank and then couldn’t get himself out,” Scott said.

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Firefighters determined they needed a helicopter to hoist the man to safety.

“He was hoisted out unhurt,” said Scott. “He was brought to a polo field at Will Rogers State Park where he was met by paramedics.”

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