One dead, four injured in San Diego cliff collapse

Collapse at 3 p.m. near South Ponto State Beach
Posted at 5:24 PM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 20:35:57-04

ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) - One person is dead and others are injured after a cliff collapsed onto a Southern California beach.

The city of Encinitas said Friday that the bluff gave way about 3 p.m. in the suburb north of San Diego. The area is highly popular with local residents and vacationers.

KGTV reports at least four others were injured Friday in a bluff collapse just north of Grandview Surf Beach in Encinitas, according to San Diego County Sheriff's deputies.

The bluff fell about 3 p.m. north of the Grandview Beach staircase, just below South Ponto State Beach at 1700 Neptune Ave.

One person was flown to the hospital in critical condition. A second patient, also critically injured, was driven to the hospital. Two other people had minor injuries.

The beach was filled with people at the time of the collapse. A news helicopter captured footage of beach chairs, towels, surf boards and beach toys strewn about the sand.

Suburbs north of San Diego have contended with rising water levels in the Pacific Ocean, pressuring bluffs along the coast. Many bluffs are fortified to prevent multimillion-dollar homes from falling into the sea.

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