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In this photo provided by the National Park Service a California Highway Patrol helicopter lifts a suspect to safety during the rescue of two suspected vandals at Golden Gate National Recreation Area Thursday Feb. 26, 2015. Park service spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet says the men got stuck on a cliff at the waterfront of Fort Baker in Golden Gate National Recreation Area. She says they saw rangers approaching and tried to evade arrest by scrambling down a cliff near the water's edge. (AP Photo/U. | AP/National Park Service
In this photo provided by the National Park Service a California Highway Patrol helicopter lifts a suspect to safety during the rescue of two suspected vandals at Golden Gate National Recreation Area Thursday Feb. 26, 2015. Park service spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet says the men got stuck on a cliff at the waterfront of Fort Baker in Golden Gate National Recreation Area. She says they saw rangers approaching and tried to evade arrest by scrambling down a cliff near the water's edge. (AP Photo/U. | AP/National Park Service

Two Suspected Vandals Rescued From Cliff, Arrested At California Park

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Two men suspected of vandalism had to be rescued after becoming stranded on a cliff in a San Francisco-area national park on Thursday afternoon and were later taken into custody, officials said.

The men, who were not identified, were believed to have defaced a historic military building in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and got stuck down a steep cliff when trying to escape park rangers, the National Park Service said in a statement.
One of the men was lifted to safety by a state police helicopter and the other was saved by rangers and firefighters who used climbing gear to pull him from the waterfront precipice.
Authorities are continuing to investigate the case, the Park Service said. (Reporting by Curtis Skinner; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

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