Man Falls from Isla Vista Cliff Sunday
Photos: Santa Barbara County Fire Department
Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
Sacramento Man Attending Party in Isla Vista Falls off Cliff and is Rescued by First Responders
At approximately 11:30 p.m. last night, April 27, 2019, Sheriff’s deputies and UCSB Police officers responded to a report of a cliff fall in the 6700 block of Del Playa Drive. When deputies arrived, they located the 20-year-old male from Sacramento on the beach below with a crowd gathered around him. The young man was visiting Isla Vista and had been attending a party prior to the cliff fall. He reportedly lost his balance on the cliff and slid part of the way down before falling the rest of the way to beach below. Witnesses who saw what happened pulled him out of the surf and to the cove until first responders arrived.
Santa Barbara County Firefighters responded and took over care of the young man. Firefighters performed a high angle rope rescue from the cliff top, packaged the patient and hoisted the patient back up to the top off the cliff where he was loaded and transported to the hospital for further treatment. Law enforcement personnel assisted County Fire with manpower to hoist the patient to the cliff top.
He is expected to survive his injuries. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this incident.
By edhat staff
A male in his 20's sustained injuries after falling 40 feet over an Isla Vista cliff early Sunday morning.
Sometime after midnight, Santa Barbara County Firefighters along with Sheriff's Deputies and UC Police officers, responded to the 6700 block of Del Playa Drive for a report of a fall victim. Upon arrival crews found a male in his 20's had fallen approximately 40 feet over the cliff into the surf line.
Crews set up a high-angle rope system at the top of the cliff while rescuers descended down the cliff and into the water to locate the victim. He was secured and safely brought to the top of the cliff where an ambulance transported him to Cottage Hospital.
Initial reports state the man was conscious and admitted to drinking before his fall although it's unclear exactly how he fell over the cliff.
Edhat will update this article with more information as it becomes available.