Stomach-churning moment daredevil aged 19 gets stuck dangling under California's tallest bridge while attempting social media stunt over 730-foot drop

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  • A 19-year-old was rescued after dangling from California’s highest bridge Monday evening while he was filming a stunt 
  • The teen tried to pull himself up on the rope which was 30 feet long, according to a Facebook post from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office 
  • The teenager was not injured in the incident, law enforcement officials said 

A 19-year-old had to be rescued after he became stuck in the air, suspended from a California bridge more than 700 feet above the ground in Placer County. 

Law enforcement officials shared a post Tuesday detailing the rescue where the teen who was filming a stunt on the Foresthill Bridge in Sacramento had to be saved. 

According to a Facebook post, the teen’s equipment failed while he was swinging from California’s tallest bridge and the fourth tallest in the United States. 

‘He was in that harness for probably an hour and fifteen before we could get him up and off,’ said Nolan Hale with the California Department of Forestry and Fire. 

The teen was uninjured but was ‘pretty shaken up,’ Hale said. Both the 19-year-old and his 17-year-old friend who was recording were given trespassing citations. 

A 19-year-old had to be rescued after he became stuck in the air, suspended from a California bridge more than 700 feet above the ground in Placer County

A 19-year-old had to be rescued after he became stuck in the air, suspended from a California bridge more than 700 feet above the ground in Placer County

This is the Foresthill Bridge in Sacramento where the teen was dangling from

This is the Foresthill Bridge in Sacramento where the teen was dangling from 

According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, the rescue happened Monday evening around 6.30pm when the 17-year-old called to report his friend dangling. 

More than two dozen first responders from the local sheriff’s office and Cal Fire responded to the scene to assist in the rescue. 

During their initial investigation, they discovered that the 19-year-old was swinging from the underside of the bridge for a recorded stunt. 

As they were filming, the teen became stuck approximately 30 feet under the catwalk and more than 700 feet from the ground. 

A terrifying photo accompanying the post shows the unidentified teenager dangling from a 30 foot rope as a rescuer is seen attempting to pull him up. 

Nearly a dozen additional personnel in the photo stand on the catwalk examining the situation and standing by to assist in the save. 

Ultimately, the group was able to pull the teen up and he was examined on the scene for injuries but did not have any obvious injuries. 

‘CALFIRE’s TRT and and PCSO’s SAR did an exceptional job saving this young man’s life,’ the Placer County Sheriff’s Office wrote in their post. 

In their address, the law enforcement agency took the chance to remind any other daredevils that they will need to find another bridge in the future. 

‘REMINDER: It is ILLEGAL to trespass on the Foresthill Bridge,’ the post read. 

This is the post shared by the Placer County Sheriff's Department early Tuesday morning

This is the post shared by the Placer County Sheriff’s Department early Tuesday morning 

The bridge is the fourth highest of its kind in the United States

The bridge is the fourth highest of its kind in the United States

The Foresthill Bridge was featured in Vin Diesel's 2002 action flick 'XXX.' In the film, the actor drives his car off the bridge and jumps out

The Foresthill Bridge was featured in Vin Diesel’s 2002 action flick ‘XXX.’ In the film, the actor drives his car off the bridge and jumps out

According to Hale, the Monday save was the first of its kind in three decades. 

‘This is the first incident of a live rescue in the last 30 years,’ Hale told CBS. 

‘Someone dangling 700 feet above the American River is a high-risk operation with vertical rope rescue,’ the official said. 

The Foresthill Bridge, located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains is certainly no stranger to death defying stunts. 

The Northern California bridge was featured in the 2002 action flick ‘XXX.’ 

In the movie, Vin Diesel’s character drives his car off the bridge while engaged in a chase with police before jumping out of the car and deploying a parachute. 




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