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Fall From Isla Vista Cliff Seriously Injures 22-Year-Old Man

By Tom Bolton, Noozhawk Executive Editor | @tombol | updated logo 11:32 a.m. |

A man suffered serious injuries early Sunday in a fall from the cliffs in Isla Vista, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Emergency crews were called out to the 6600 block of Del Playa Drive shortly after midnight, and found the victim on the beach below, said fire Engineer Russ Sechler.

The 22-year-old victim apparently crossed over the fence at the top of the cliff, and fell to the beach, Sechler said.

He was carried back up to Del Playa, then transported by ambulance to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where he was reported in serious condition early Sunday, Sechler said.

Details on his injuries were not available Sunday.

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» on 04.21.13 @ 11:13 AM

“The victim, believed to be in his late teens or early 20s, apparently crossed over the fence at the top of the cliff, and fell to the beach, Sechler said.”
We should probably spend tax dollars to make the fence higher, put barbed wire on top and have security guards 24/7. Because that’s the only way to save people from themselves, right? That way we don’t have to worry about how much stupidity and mind-altering substances play a role in all this.

» on 04.21.13 @ 12:58 PM

Put up a fence like on Cold Spring Bridge.  Bring more ugliness to SB.  That’s the ticket.

» on 04.21.13 @ 03:56 PM

There is some low fencing along many parts of the cliffs on Del Playa, but evidently some people think climbing over the fencing without regard for what is beyond the fencing is a good idea, and thus bypassing the existing fencing leads to these disastrous results. But there is only so much protecting of people from themselves that can be accomplished…

» on 04.21.13 @ 05:14 PM

But…but…but wait! On April 15 Noozhawk ran a story about how the new $6500 fence was going to keep people from falling off the cliff. Doreen Farr and the county government told us the fence would work. And some genius UCSB student told us the fence would work. Could these people have been wrong and wasted $6500? Say it ain’t so!

» on 04.22.13 @ 03:33 PM


I’m sorry to say, “It is so.”

» on 04.22.13 @ 08:00 PM

My initial reaction: “Again?”

The new fence is on a different block of DP than where this happened, but it’s hardly a barrier.

» on 04.23.13 @ 11:57 AM

noleta res,

Again, does not matter. A split rail fence, chain link fence, armed guards will not stop idiots from doing stupid things. If your theory is to prevent people from falling then you better electrify the entire coast of Calif. to keep idiots from hurting themselves. The only way to stop Darwinism is to preach accountability at home and in schools. Oh wait, that’s cruel and unusual punishment.

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