‘Heavily Intoxicated' Man Falls 80 Feet Off Sunset Cliffs

Passersby heard screams coming below the cliff near the end of Ladera Street

San Diego lifeguards and firefighters rescued a man who fell about 80 feet at Sunset Cliffs overnight.

San Diego Fire-Rescue officials say the man suffered cuts to his face and may have suffered a spinal injury when he fell from a trail near the end of Ladera Street.

The man had climbed over one of the barriers warning the public to stay away from the cliffs, firefighters said. Friends lost contact with the man and did not see him fall, officials said.

Passersby heard screams coming from the area below the cliff after midnight Tuesday.

Emergency personnel found the 31-year-old man who appeared to be “heavily intoxicated” according to Battalion Chief Matt Nilsen.

Nilsen said the man was combative and unable to recall his name when firefighters reached him.
Firefighters transported him to UCSD Medical Center.

“These cliffs are dangerous,” Nilsen said. “And of course, being intoxicated wasn’t a great combination.”

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