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25-year-old man falls off cliff

April 1, 2008 10:38:58 AM PDT
Authorities are investigating how a 25-year-old man fell off a cliff in San Pedro.There have been several fatal falls on those dangerous cliffs near Point Fermin Park, and city officials are looking for ways to stop the deadly trend.

It is a dramatic scene that is all too familiar to rescue crews, and Monday night around 6:15 p.m., it happened again.

About 50 firefighters responded by land, air and sea to Point Fermin Park at about 6:15 p.m. Monday and found a man unconscious at the base of the cliff.

He had obvious spinal injuries and a broken leg, authorities said.

He was flown by helicopter to Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Torrance where he was listed in critical condition.

"A lot of kids in San Pedro grew up here going to these areas. They think they know these cliffs, but some of the time, they've fallen to their death because the earth has given away underneath them, we've had a lot of rain," said Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn.

Hahn says the city is doing can it can to make Point Fermin safe for residents. "We've made the signs twice as big, that at all times this is a dangerous area, do not trespass. Again, we've added some fencing in some areas where there wasn't fencing to keep people from climbing through. I've also asked the LAPD and our office of public safety to increase patrols out here," Hahn said.

Four days ago a woman jumped to her death off Point Fermin, and more than a year ago, USC place kicker Mario Danelo fell to his death. There were no witnesses in that case, and an LAPD investigation determined that neither foul play nor alcohol were involved.

But locals who use the park say it is safe, and that accidents could be prevented by using common sense.

 

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