Liz Swain 4:24 p.m., May 24
Woman rescued after falling from OB cliff
Police say alcohol involved in incident
A small crowd of Ocean Beach residents gathered at the foot of Santa Cruz Avenue around 7:30 Tuesday evening, attracted by a plethora of emergency vehicles, including police cruisers, fire trucks, an ambulance, city lifeguards, and a police helicopter focusing its searchlights on the small cove beaches at the base of the cliffs in southern O.B.
Paramedics could be seen below attending to a single individual, an unnamed woman apparently in her 20s, who was carried off the beach and up a staircase along the cliff to a waiting ambulance.
"She just got drunk and fell off a cliff," commented a police officer assigned to crowd control as two dozen or so onlookers gathered at the scene.
The consensus story among the bystanders was that the woman, who had been alone atop a cliff jutting into the ocean shortly after sunset, slipped and tumbled to the beach about 20 feet below. The area in question is a popular, yet illegal, spot to jump into the ocean during summer months. A witness to the incident dialed 911 shortly thereafter, summoning authorities.
The victim's name and condition have not been released.