Dramatic cliff rescue caught on tape in Fresno County

August 2, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
We are getting our first look at a dramatic rescue in the high sierra over the weekend.

Larry Bishop, 64, spent two days and two nights clinging to a six-inch ledge of granite on the side of dog tooth peak.

Fresno County Deputy David Rippe is credited with making a split-second decision that likely saved Bishop's life. The deputy scrambled 300 feet up a 70-degree slope of slippery granite without ropes to secure Bishop. A California Highway Patrol helicopter was then called in to hoist Bishop off the ledge.