CRIME

2 vandalism suspects rescued after being stranded on Northern California national park cliff

ADDS DAY AND DATE - In this photo provided by the National Park Service a California Highway Patrol helicopter lifts a suspect to safety during the rescue of two suspected vandals at Golden Gate National Recreation Area Thursday Feb. 26, 2015. Park service spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet says the men got stuck on a cliff at the waterfront of Fort Baker in Golden Gate National Recreation Area.  She says they saw rangers approaching and tried to evade arrest by scrambling down a cliff near the water's edge. (AP Photo/U.S. National Park Service)

ADDS DAY AND DATE - In this photo provided by the National Park Service a California Highway Patrol helicopter lifts a suspect to safety during the rescue of two suspected vandals at Golden Gate National Recreation Area Thursday Feb. 26, 2015. Park service spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet says the men got stuck on a cliff at the waterfront of Fort Baker in Golden Gate National Recreation Area. She says they saw rangers approaching and tried to evade arrest by scrambling down a cliff near the water's edge. (AP Photo/U.S. National Park Service)  (The Associated Press)

Two men suspected of vandalizing a historic military structure at a national park north of San Francisco had to be rescued by authorities after they were stranded on a steep cliff while trying to escape.

Park service spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet says the men got stuck on a cliff at the waterfront of Fort Baker in Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

She says they saw rangers approaching and tried to evade arrest by scrambling down a cliff near the water's edge.

Rangers, Southern Marin Fire Department officers, a CHP helicopter and a Coast Guard boat rescued both men.

Picavet says a team reached the first man and used technical rope skills and climbing gear to get him to firm ground.

The second man was lifted to safety by a long-line from the CHP helicopter.

Both are in custody and face vandalism-related charges.