Firefighters use helicopter to rescue man after he falls 50 feet in Sunset Cliffs

Firefighters used a helicopter to rescue a man in his 30s who fell about 50 feet down a cliff at Sunset Cliffs early Sunday.
(OnScene TV)

A man fell about 50 feet down a cliff at Sunset Cliffs early Sunday and had to be rescued by a firefighter helicopter crew, a fire official said.

Police and firefighters went to the beach at Sunset Cliffs Boulevard near Guizot Street around midnight after someone called to report a man had fallen.

Rescuers found a man in his mid-30s amid rocks and grass at the base of the hill. The man was alert and told firefighters he had hurt his back in the fall, San Diego Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Dan Eddy told OnScene TV.

Firefighters used a helicopter hoist to lift the man from the beach onto a stretcher, then took him to UC San Diego hospital for treatment.

“With that 50-foot fall, you are going to expect some internal injuries and so we are going to take the utmost of caution,” Eddy said.

He said firefighters and lifeguards have responded to a spate of rescue calls at Sunset Cliffs in recent weeks and warned beach-goers to keep away from the cliff edges, especially at night.

A 23-year-old woman was injured Tuesday evening when she fell 30 feet down the bluffs at Sunset Cliffs, authorities said.


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