Trevor Brent Correia, a 22-year-old Santa Barbara City College student, died Saturday after falling off a 60-foot cliff on Santa Cruz Island.
Correia was hiking with friends when he fell off of the bluff. Channel Islands National Park rangers rushed to the scene and descended the steep rock wall, where they found the young man in critical condition.
The Ventura County Sheriff was called and a helicopter arrived on the scene. The medevac was unable to land and staff had to airlift Correia from the cliff face.
Despite the efforts of medical personnel, Correia’s condition deteriorated in transit and he was pronounced dead when the helicopter landed at St. John’s Hospital in Oxnard.
Cameron Biehl, a fourth-year UCSB environmental studies major and Correia’s friend, said Trevor had a vibrant personality that will be missed.
“He was a really unique person and a really good person,” Biehl said. “Everyone couldn’t help but like him a lot. It’s just so unfortunate.”
Park ranger Yvonne Menard said accidents of this nature are uncommon on the Channel Islands, which see roughly 90,000 visitors each year. She said the park, however, does plan for the unexpected.
“We have island staff who are trained, medically trained,” Menard said. “They respond immediately.”
Authorities are investigating whether intoxication contributed to the fall. According to Menard, witnesses reported that Correia was drinking prior to the accident.