DEL MAR, Calif. – Amtrak and freight train service was suspended overnight Monday during the rescue of a drunken couple who got stranded on a cliff in Del Mar.
The incident began before 11:15 p.m. in the 100 block of 13th Street. According to San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies, the couple and another man were intoxicated when they crossed the railroad tracks at the foot of 13th Street and climbed down the cliffs.
The man left his friends and called 911 when the couple refused to leave the cliff side, deputies at the scene said.
The Del Mar and Solana Beach fire departments responded, along with Del Mar lifeguards, and began a rescue operation. It took nearly two hours to hoist the couple up the cliff to safety. During that time, service on the railroad, which runs alongside the cliff, had to be suspended.
The couple were unhurt. They were issued citations for crossing the tracks and being intoxicated in public.