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West Cliff Rescue 1-3-14
Posted Date: 1/6/2014

What-Nature of Event:

Cliff Rescue

When-Time and Date:

7:42 P.M. January 3, 2014

Where-Address of Event:

West Cliff Dr. at Merced

Who-Owner / Occupant:


Describe the Event: 

At 7:42 P.M. Santa Cruz Fire Department responded to a report of a female who had fallen over the cliff. The first arriving firefighters found a female on the rocks approximately 30 feet below the cliff. The tide was coming up at this time and was close to cresting the rocks that she was on. Three fire department rescue swimmers were deployed down the cliff to assess the patient and protect her from any large waves. The patient was stabilized and placed in a Stokes basket. Additional crews set up a retrieval system with ropes and a ladder to bring the patient to street level. It took firefighters around 30 minutes to bring the patient up the cliff. The patient was transported to Dominican Hospital and flown from there to a trauma center with numerous injuries. The patient stated that she was visiting the area and went for a walk near the cliff's edge and fell from there.

Agencies Involved:

Santa Cruz Fire & Police, AMR, Harbor Patrol, State Parks

Number of Apparatus:

3 Engines, 1 Ladder Truck, 1 Battalion Chief

Number of Firefighters: 


Estimated Loss & Save


Additional Information: 




Battalion Chief Mike Venezio


January 3, 2014

West Cliff Rescue 1-3-14