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Woman Trying To Rescue Kitten Rescued By OC Firefighters

SILVERADO CANYON ( — A 51-year-old Orange County woman, who needed to be rescued while trying to rescue her kitten Monday morning, said she has learned a lesson.

Sara Beebe tried to climb up a 50-foot slope behind her Silverado Canyon home in the 14900 block of Kitterman Drive to get her adopted black cat down at about 8 a.m.

When she tried to come down, she slid, injured her ankle and scraped her arms and legs. She said she was stuck in the middle of the cliff; she could not climb up or come down.

Beebe said first she screamed for her young daughter and then yelled for her neighbors to call 911.

A firefighter rappelled down from a helicopter and pulled Beebe onto the aircraft to safety.

"I did ask her how she got to where she was. She had told me that she had gone up to rescue a cat," said Jeff Shelton of the Orange County Fire Authority.

Beebe said she will do things differently next time. "I am going have to start letting the cat be a little more independent when I get it out and just put my prayer into it that it get back home," she said.

"The kitty made its way back down by itself," Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said. "That's why we say if a cat gets stuck in a tree or a roof, just put some food down on the ground and when the cat is hungry, it will come back down."

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