During a brief Monday in Southern California, four people were found dead from falling off a cliff and two women were seriously injured.
The deceased was identified as a 25-year-old man from Los Angeles. The two women were airlifted from the beach and taken to hospital in critical condition, officials said.
Palos Verdes Estates Police Department Steve Barber said a fourth person was able to climb back after receiving minor injuries and notified a passing officer about 4:30 a.m. local time.
Vincent Avila of Los Angeles was hospitalized with fractured ribs and minor kidney damage.
According to Avila’s mother, a group of four friends went to the cliff to spend time on Sunday night. She slipped and fell when one of her women went to unwind, and other women also slipped while looking for her on her edge, she told KNBC-TV.
The group is said to have fallen 300 feet into the water. Several fire engines and helicopters were sent to the rescue operation.
Palos Verdes Estates is located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula at the southern tip of Los Angeles County.
“At this time, we haven’t found any signs of this other than an accident,” Barber said.
Los Angeles County Fire Chief Kelsey Lynch described the area as “extremely dangerous.”
“It is very slippery. Very loose soil throughout Palos Verdes. So the ground is very likely to have collapsed,” Lynch told KTLA.
Locals appealed for warning signs and fences to be installed, but lamented that none were installed. “You always have a structure. People go down the promenade and twist their ankles or something so they can’t come back. But very few people fall off cliffs,” said Rakesh Sharma, a resident of the area.