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Water Rescue West Cliff Drive 6-4-14
Posted Date: 6/5/2014

What-Nature of Event:

Water Rescue

When-Time and Date:

11:13 PM, June 4, 2014

Where-Address of Event:

West Cliff Dr. at Chico Ave

Who-Owner / Occupant:


Describe the Event: 

Santa Cruz City Firefighters responded to a report of a male subject in the ocean after falling off the cliffs’ edge. Santa Cruz Firefighters arrived at scene to find a subject clinging onto the rocks a few feet above the edge of the water. Witnesses stated that he had fallen into the water while walking along the cliff and was able to get out of the water, but unable to climb up. Firefighters (2 rescue swimmers) were able to traverse down to the victim when a wave knocked the victim off the rock and into the water with the 2 rescue swimmers. The rescue swimmers had the victim secured with them and were able to swim him to the cove at Auburn Ave and brought him onto the beach. Firefighters used a stokes basket to carry the victim up the cliff and onto West Cliff Dr. The victim was treated for hypothermia and assessed by AMR Paramedics for further injuries that he may have sustained from the fall. The patient was loaded into the ambulance and transported to Dominican Hospital.


Agencies Involved:

Santa Cruz City Fire Department, Santa Cruz Police, American Medical Response

Number of Apparatus:

3 Engines,1 Truck, 1-Battalion Chief

Number of Firefighters: 


Estimated Loss & Save


Additional Information: 

Santa Cruz Fire Department wants to remind the public that it is dangerous along the cliffs with uneven terrain and slippery surfaces.




Battalion Chief Rob Young


June 5, 2014