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I Need A Hero

Imagine the relief of seeing the L.A. County Sheriff's Department's Air-5 helicopter rescue team arrive when you're stuck on the side of a cliff.

This helmet cam footage was shot by Sheriff's Paramedic Deputy Mark Desmarteau as he rescued a hiker stranded 500 feet in the air — on a sheer cliff known as "Eagle Rock" in Topanga State Park.

Seeing the rescue from the deputy's perspective makes you feel like you're right in the action, especially during the dizzying spin about halfway through the video.

The 24-year-old hiker was fine after a tense two hours clinging to the nearly vertical wall.

Deputy Desmarteau said the woman was terrified but saved her own life by finding a spot on the cliff where she could crouch and hold on with one hand.

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