Hiker Seeks Couple in Crazy Cliff Rescue Photo

Marco Malimban captured an incredible moment
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2016 12:56 PM CST
Hiker Seeks Couple in Crazy Cliff Rescue Photo
One of Marco Malimban's pictures.   (Marco Malimban via ABC News)

Marco Malimban was hiking Arizona's Camelback Mountain on Feb. 27 when he heard a scream. He saw a woman who had fallen and was dangling over a cliff, and a man who had grabbed her ankles. "It really looked like she was going to fall all the way down," Malimban tells 12 News. But, he adds to ABC, her rescuer "stopped her from plunging completely down and pulled her back up." There was silence for a moment, and then the two embraced—a hug Malimban caught in a dramatic photo. He's now sharing that photo on social media and with news outlets in the hopes he can find the two people involved. "How they held each other afterwards, it seemed like they know each other," he tells ABC.

He says that, at the moment, "it didn't seem like the right time" to approach the pair, but now he wants to share the photo with them. As for how the woman fell, he says on Facebook that it's not clear: There were strong gusts of wind that day, lots of people were atop the mountain taking pictures of the view at the time, and the woman was standing close to the edge. Regardless, he says, the rescue "was a beautiful moment for the two, but also for all of us up there—a moment of great relief that a horrible tragedy had been averted." He adds to 12 News that the rescuer had to have "incredible strength, reflexes, and speed" to do what he did. (A tourist died while taking pictures atop a cliff on Christmas Day.)

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