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.