Around 4:19 p.m. on Friday, Santa Cruz rescuers responded to a call that one man and two young children were caught below the cliffs at the Long Marine Lab at 100 Shaffer Road.
"They had been hiking along the cliff and beaches and then got stuck there to where they couldn't go up or down," said Rob Young, Battalion Chief of Santa Cruz Fire.
The man and children were stuck about 15 feet down, on a narrow passageway.
Fire crews set up a rappel system to assist them, and had all three safe in about an hour's time.
The adult and two children were uninjured and were just warned of the dangers of climbing along the cliffs, according to Battalion Chief Young.
Young said the rescue was not tide involved, it is just a precarious and unsafe part of the rocks where a narrow area can become a trap.
"We have been on numerous rescues over the years at that same location," Young said. "People have fallen down it onto the rocks below."
They've also rescued dogs there.
Santa Fire Department, UCSC Fire, Harbor Patrol, City Life Guards, State Parks and AMR all answered this call.