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UPDATE: Sacramento man injured in cliff fall in Isla Vista

Posted at 12:05 PM, Apr 28, 2019

(Update) 11:30 a.m. — The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department said the 20-year-old Sacramento man who fell off a cliff in Isla Vista was attending a party prior to the incident.

The sheriff’s office and University of California Santa Barbara police officers responded to a report of a cliff fall on the 6700 block of Del Playa Drive at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. When deputies arrived they said they found the 20-year-old man on the beach below with several people around him.

The sheriff’s office said he reportedly lost his balance on the precipice and slid part of the way down before falling the rest of the way to the beach below. According to the sheriff’s office, witnesses pulled him out of the surf and took him to the cove until first responders arrived.

The man is expected to survive his injuries. The sheriff’s office said alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident.


(Original story) 9:43 a.m. — A man is recovering after a late night cliff fall in Isla Vista.

Santa Barbara County fire spokesperson Daniel Bertucelli says the man in his 20’s fell off a cliff Saturday night around midnight near Del Playa Drive.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they set up a high angle rope system to get down to the injured man at the bottom of the cliff.

In addition to the steep cliff, firefighters on the rescue had to deal with the ocean tide level.

“There was a lot of water moving,” Bertucelli said.

Firefighters were able to bring up the man in a rescue basket and then transport him by ambulance to the hospital. He was awake and talking to first responders at the time. No word yet on the extent of his injuries.

Multiple agencies were involved in the rescue including Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, UCSB Police Department and American Medical Response.

A man in his 20’s rescued after Isla Vista cliff fall. Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire