Teens summit Morro Rock but need lift down
February 20, 2015
Three teenage boys succeeded in their quest to climb Morro Rock, but getting down required help from San Luis Obispo County rescue services. [KEYT]
Dominic Mandarino, Hunter Morrison and Tevor Ziminsky made it their mission Thursday afternoon to get to the top of the 581-foot rock. They said they wanted to do so because it looked fun.
Mandarino’s mother, Michelle, was standing nearby watching. Michelle Mandarino said she and others looked up, and by no great surprise, saw the boys up there.
But, soon after, fire and rescue trucks appeared at the base of the rock, and personnel from multiple public safety agencies arrived at the scene. It took nearly three hours for rescue workers to bring the teens down to safety.
Zeminsky, who got stuck on the way down, said the rock was too steep to descend.
Each of the boys received citations when they reached the bottom. “Tons of police” also yelled at them, Zeminsky said.