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.

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“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.

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

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