Update: CHP Helicopter Responds to Report of Car Down a Cliff in Pacifica

The driver went down 300 feet over the embankment along Heathcliff Drive.

CHP and the North County Fire Authority were on the scene at Heathcliff Drive in Pacifica for a cliff rescue. Photo: Lacey Bastian
CHP and the North County Fire Authority were on the scene at Heathcliff Drive in Pacifica for a cliff rescue. Photo: Lacey Bastian

A California Highway Patrol helicopter rescue crew was brought into Pacifica Tuesday afternoon to rescue a driver that went over the edge of the road down a cliff approximately 300 feet in the area of Manor Drive and Heathcliff Drive, said North County Fire Authority officials.

At approximately 3:40 p.m. the North County Fire Authority, CHP and paramedics responded to a report that a car went over the embankment. 

The first arriving fire company determined there was only one passenger in the vehicle, said fire officials. They rappelled down the cliff side utilizing a rope rescue system and made contact with the adult driver inside the vehicle.

The driver, who complained of head, neck and back pain, was extricated from the vehicle, placed on a backboard, treated for injuries, packaged and placed into a stokes basket, said fire officials.

The CHP helicopter was then able to lower its hoist and lifted the victim up and into the helicopter.

The helicopter transported the victim to the helispot located at Oceana High School where an ambulance was waiting to take him to a nearby trauma hospital.

The extent of his injuries was not disclosed.

Original post 6 P.M.:

A California Highway Patrol helicopter rescue crew is responding to a report of a car that went off a cliff in Pacifica this afternoon, a CHP officer said.

A car was reported to have gone 50-60 feet down a cliff along Heathcliff Drive, CHP Officer Jim Andrews said.

Andrews was headed to the area for a possible hoist rescue and did not yet know the condition of the car's occupants.

Patch will update this story when more information is made available.
Edward sawacki January 21, 2014 at 08:42 PM
Knuckle headed drivers are always running the stop sign at that intersection. This morning a lady with a baby blew threw it and when I honked she gave me the finger and this afternoon a guy run the same sign and yelled at me when I honked my horn. Why isn't the police enenforcing traffic laws?
Alexis168 January 21, 2014 at 09:07 PM
I was wondering why there's a helicopter hovering all this time. People doesn't slow down or follow the law needs to go back to driving school.
Francie January 23, 2014 at 03:53 PM
I agree with Edward Sawacki: I live on Monterey Road and use Manor to get to Skyline. Drivers going up and down Manor do not stop at the Monterey Road intersection. We need a police officer stationed there in the morning and evening commutes. Also, morning and evening commuters use Monterey Road as a short cut to get to Skyline. These drivers have no regard to the residents that live on Monterey Road. They speed up and down Monterey Road and drive very carelessly. We need an officer parked on Monterey Road in the morning and evening commutes as well.


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