GRASS VALLEY (CBS13) – Two teens faced a real-life cliffhanger Sunday while they were stranded atop a high mountain cliff at 8,600 feet.

The teen boys, 16 and 17 years old, were stuck on a sheer cliff in the Sierra Buttes, north of Interstate 80 between Grass Valley and Truckee.

“This was the pinnacle of my career as rescues go. Hopefully we don’t have another one like this,” said California Highway Patrol Officer David White.

CHP responded with a helicopter to rescue the boys, but faced some challenges with winds blowing at more than 20 miles per hour.

After several attempts, the boys were able to be hoisted up into the helicopter and taken to safety.

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