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A UC Santa Barbara student was transported to a hospital in critical condition after he attempted to hang himself at the Ellwood Bluffs on Wednesday afternoon.

At approximately 1:22 p.m., a family found the 19-year-old man hanging from a tree and waved down a passerby for help, according to Kelly Hoover, a Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department spokesperson.

“A 50-year-old Santa Barbara man was able to cut down the male and start CPR until medics could arrive,” Hoover said.

The UCSB student, whose name has not yet been released, was transported to a hospital in critical condition, according to Hoover.

The Ellwood Bluffs area is located approximately four miles west of UCSB at Santa Barbara Shores County Park.

[Update: More information can be found in an interview of the 50-year-old man who was present as the scene.] 

[Update May 24, 11:00 a.m. : The student passed away in a hospital on May 20.]