A Santa Barbara City College student suffered a major head injury after falling from a cliff on the 6700 block of Del Playa Drive Saturday night, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office (SBSO) reported.
Isla Vista Foot Patrol officers saw Anthony Palleschi, 19, standing in Walter Capps Park before he ran and jumped over an approximately four feet tall fence at about 10:30 p.m., according to Kelly Hoover, SBSO spokesperson. Hoover said he fell approximately 40 feet.
“[IVFP] observed [Palleschi] and then he ran and jumped over the fence,” Hoover said.
Police immediately ran down to the beach and reached Palleschi in less than two minutes, Hoover said. They found Palleschi lying face-down on the sand, unresponsive to rising waves.
IVFP officers moved him away from the water and waited for paramedics to respond to the scene.
Palleschi appeared to have suffered major head trauma, according to SBSO. Paramedics then transported him to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
SBSO does not know if drugs or alcohol were involved in Palleschi’s fall.