Man Falls in Sunset Cliffs

The 43-year-old was airlifted to the hospital

By Sarah Grieco and Monica Garske
|  Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013  |  Updated 6:06 PM PDT
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RAW VIDEO of lifeguards hoisting a man up from where he was injured.

RAW VIDEO of lifeguards hoisting a man up from where he was injured.

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Lifeguards and emergency crews worked to rescue a man who fell down the rocks at Sunset Cliffs Tuesday afternoon, authorities confirmed.

Officials said a 43-year-old man tripped and fell about 30-feet down the cliffs at around 1:30 p.m., landing on the rocks below.

He sustained injuries to his legs and back, and was airlifted from the cliffs and transported to Scripps La Jolla.

Lifeguards at the scene told NBC 7 they had to move fast in order to rescue the victim.

“He never lost consciousness, although he did complain of back pain and loss of sensation to his lower limbs,” explained San Diego Lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum.

The rescue took about 45 minutes. The victim’s current condition is unknown.

Lifeguards say this is yet another reminder that the edges of the local cliffs are unstable, and people should avoid getting too close to the area.
 

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