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4 people fall off California cliff; 1 dead and 2 badly hurt

California Ocean Cliff Death
Posted at 3:58 PM, May 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-23 18:58:33-04

PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say four people fell off a Southern California ocean cliff in the early morning darkness.

A man was killed Monday and two women were critically injured.

Police in Palos Verdes Estates say the fourth person was a man who suffered minor injuries, climbed back up from the beach below and alerted a passing police officer at about 4:30 a.m.

The man told the officer he and his friends had fallen down the cliff.

A 25-year-old man died at the scene.

Police are investigating the event as an accident.

A trail runs along the bluff top about 300 feet above the Pacific Ocean.