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Lifeguards performs cliff rescue during thunderstorm

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A strong band of storms tore through San Diego, bringing a heavy dose of rain and lightning to area beaches on Saturday.

At Blacks Beach, a group of hikers shot a go pro video as a fellow hiker had to be airlifted from one of the trails.

"The rain had started as a group of hikers headed down and the mud and muck got super slippery," Lt. Richard Stropky said.

A 35-year-old woman took a nasty fall.

"A woman ended up falling about 10 feet and landing in some rocks and it did produce a pretty major leg injury," Stropky said.

The rain was so heavy, it created waterfalls and frequent lightning making San Diego lifeguards tasks even more difficult.

"The mud it was very difficult to even access where the patient was from the top or the bottom very, very slippery," Stropky said.

Meanwhile, at Mission Beach lifeguards issued a threat level three, calling all on-duty lifeguards to take shelter at headquarters.  And telling beachgoers to get out of the water and seek shelter.

"We just said, oh is it that close, then we could just see the lighting and hear the thunder," said one beachgoer.

Despite the warning, some chose to get close to the water anyway.  Evelyn Lopez and her family are visiting San Diego from Tucson.

"I wanted a sunny day at the beach, instead we got rain. I still wanted to swim in the ocean," she said.

"It's certainly not the safest choice they can make, if it gets severe the threat is really challenging with lighting, et cetera, we'll apply more force and make sure they're kept safe," Stropky said.

Go pro video courtesy of: Andres Jimenez, Omar Hernandez, Iran Cota 

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