SAN FRANCISCO — One woman is recovering from injuries and another is missing following a slide at Fort Funston in San Francisco on Friday afternoon, authorities said.
The victims were walking a dog along the beach at the base of the cliff about 2:30 p.m. when the slide occurred, said Lt. Jonathan Baxter of the San Francisco Fire Department.
Crews arrived to find a group of people frantically trying to dig someone out they said was trapped by the slide, according to KGO-TV, this news organization’s media partner.
Baxter said one woman was extricated from the slide with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening.
“She is doing fairly well at this time,” he told reporters.
About 60 firefighters, along with specially trained dogs, scoured the slide for the other victim, but no trace of her had been found as of about 6 p.m., according to Baxter.
“It’s not in our DNA to give up,” he said. “I don’t believe we’ve given up. I believe we’ve looked at what we have in front of us, and based on the facts that we have, the hazards that we have, we’ve had to (change) this from a rescue operation to a recovery operation.”
Baxter said the dog would be turned over to family members.
U.S. Park Police and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area will take over the recovery operation, which could be suspended overnight depending on conditions at the site.
“This is a very sad event,” Baxter said.
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