Man Falls from Isla Vista Cliff Sunday

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Man Falls from Isla Vista Cliff Sunday
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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.



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EastBeach May 01, 2019 01:05 AM
Man Falls from Isla Vista Cliff Sunday

I heard an interview with filmmaker Penny Lane a few days ago. The ? in the title should be a giveaway that the film isn't about what you think it is !!! I believe this was the interview ..... scroll down to April 22 ......

PitMix Apr 30, 2019 08:40 AM
Man Falls from Isla Vista Cliff Sunday

Except that we know that young adults have brains that have not fully developed with a sense of self- preservation until 25 or so. Which is one of the reasons the legal drinking age is not the same as the legal voting age. And one of the reasons youngsters are highly prized by our military. If we really wanted to keep more kids alive, we would stop pretending they are adults until they really are.

PitMix May 01, 2019 08:51 AM
Man Falls from Isla Vista Cliff Sunday

How about education for every incoming SBCC student, because I believe many of the students living in IV actually go to SBCC? You can do all of the education you want, and maybe it will save some lives, but realistically speaking, we are still going to lose kids because of the way they are wired. And there are still plenty of assaults- check with the campus and City programs if you don't believe that. I have never heard of a followup study on people that have been revived with NarCan- does it just delay the inevitable, or does it serve as a wakeup call for the overdosers?

horsegirl Apr 30, 2019 12:36 PM
Man Falls from Isla Vista Cliff Sunday

Except you are woefully uninformed on this topic. Every single incoming ucsb student must take nearly 8 hours of courses on the dangers of drugs and alcohol, sexual assault prevention, etc. upon the start of their first school year there. Even students studying abroad at usb must take these courses. there is NO reason not to also teach them how to use lifesaving measures in case they end up needing to administer it to someone. Giving people tools to be safe generally doesn't act like a free pass to go and do that thing. Thats like saying not giving people condoms or sexual health education will prevent them from having sex. people are going to do it anyway, so why not help them be safe in doing so?

a-1594306747 Apr 30, 2019 08:49 AM
Man Falls from Isla Vista Cliff Sunday

So so True Pitmix! That is established science. Which is why I was totally baffled that instead of making the UCSB students watch a video informing them of their still developing brains and how opiods/alcohol and the like impact brain development they handed out NarCan and had them watch videos on how to administer it. Makes no sense. And hurts these kids, forever, in their brain development.

AdamVant Apr 29, 2019 02:02 PM
Man Falls from Isla Vista Cliff Sunday

"Witnesses who saw what happened pulled him out of the surf and to the cove until first responders arrived." Sorry, but the witnesses responded first.

Concerned4Calif Apr 29, 2019 08:33 AM
Man Falls from Isla Vista Cliff Sunday

I hope he is okay for his and his parents' sake. Maybe they should build a fence that is 20 feet high with concertina wire on top along all of Isla Vista and UCSB. It would almost certainly save injuries and lives and in the long run save money from deploying expensive emergency teams in the middle of the night.

kolr Apr 29, 2019 06:37 AM
Man Falls from Isla Vista Cliff Sunday

Young men have been falling off the DP cliffs since I was in diapers. Of course they're stupidly drunk, but who among us has not been stupid? I hope that fellow is okay – a lesson learned. Thank you to the people who rescued him and didn't judge. Have a nice day, everyone.

a-1594306747 Apr 28, 2019 12:51 PM
Man Falls from Isla Vista Cliff Sunday

Let's face it: kids who get falling down drunk shouldn't hang (out) near cliffs. Yet these kids think falling off the edge will never happen to them. Not even two days after some of the substantial rains we had here in Santa Barbara, I watched not one but three different groups of young adults (read: old enough to have good sense) climbing back over the cliff boundary fence at Shoreline Park. All groups were smiling and happy after having done their rebel thing and engaged in their trysts or pot-smoking fun or whatever they were doing while sitting atop those eroding cliff edges. Anyone who engages in such behavior invites injury or worse. Sympathy for such lunkheads? I think not.

CoastWatch Apr 28, 2019 10:59 AM
Man Falls from Isla Vista Cliff Sunday

You could have student housing / apartments located 1/2 mile away from the cliffs and yet every year at least 6 people (college students who presumably passed college entrance exams) will go over the edge.

a-1594306747 Apr 29, 2019 09:53 AM
Man Falls from Isla Vista Cliff Sunday

How ridiculous and simplistic. There is student housing miles from the cliffs but young people will always find a way to experiment with alcohol and drugs and take risks. These incidents happen at landlocked educational campuses and in the military and even in "religious" training places.

a-1594306747 Apr 28, 2019 09:52 AM
Man Falls from Isla Vista Cliff Sunday

0214 - True, BUT, they are always our kids when it comes to parents. Also, by legal drinking laws in this state, they are not adults.

Roger Apr 28, 2019 09:42 AM
Man Falls from Isla Vista Cliff Sunday

This is one of those things that happens over and over again no matter what might as well accept it as part of the community because we will all be here again reading about it again.

a-1594306747 Apr 28, 2019 09:07 AM
Man Falls from Isla Vista Cliff Sunday

Looks like the section of cliff where he fell has recently collapsed. I wonder if contributed to the fall ?

a-1594306747 Apr 28, 2019 08:52 AM
Man Falls from Isla Vista Cliff Sunday

I'm still amazed the property owners are allowed to rent their high perched student apartments being rapidly gobbled up by the ocean below. How many more kids will take the plunge between now & the end of the school year?

SFAndi Apr 29, 2019 11:07 AM
Man Falls from Isla Vista Cliff Sunday

How is this the property owners' faults when signs and fences are everywhere? No responsibility belongs to the adult slugging down enormous amounts of alcohol? Students have been doing this out there since the 60's when the apartments were set quite a ways from the edge of the bluff. It makes no difference...they would still drink, and fall off the edge.

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