Firefighters make Catlins cliff rescue

A Fire and Emergency NZ lines crew had to be called in to rescue a man who became stuck on a cliff in the Catlins on New Year's Eve.

Firefighters were called to the scene at Cannibal Bay about 4pm on yesterday.

Dunedin station officer Blair Harcus, a member of the lines rescue crew, said a rescue helicopter was flown in but could not be used for safety reasons.

The four-person lines crew went in instead, and managed to help the man from the clilff.

The man had decided to go climbing, but was out of his depth, Mr Harcus said.

"He was a bit stressed.

''He did well to stay where he was.''

The man was uninjured, and made it to safety about 6pm.