Citizens aid ocean rescue

Rescuers prepare to hoist a man from the rocks below a tall cliff late Friday night on the west side of Santa Cruz. — Contributed

A man was rescued from the ocean late Friday night by a bystander and a State Parks official after he reportedly plunged from a 30-foot cliff.

Santa Cruz Fire Department Battalion Chief Josh Coleman said fire and State Parks officials responded to a report of a water rescue near Natural Bridges State Beach around 10 p.m. The first arriving crew reported a single victim lying in the rocks, about 30 feet below Swanton Boulevard and West Cliff Drive. 

As crews made access to the victim, who had major injuries, they learned that bystanders were administering care. Firefighters used a system of ropes, a Stokes basket and an aerial ladder to hoist the victim to safety on the walkway above.

Rescuers learned that a State Parks official and citizen had entered the ocean and brought the subject to land prior to arrival of first responders, Coleman said.

The victim was taken to the hospital. His condition was not posted.


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