press release - 10221701

Cliff Barrier in Isla Vista


Cliff Barrier in Isla Vista

Student Falls From Cliff, Suffers Major Injuries



Isla Vista - October 22nd, 2017


Last night, October 21, 2017, at about 10:30pm, a 19-year-old Santa Barbara City College Student fell from a cliff in the 6700 block of Del Playa Drive. Deputies and Officers from the Isla Vista Foot Patrol saw Anthony Palleschi standing in Walter Capps Park, which has a 390-foot long wood and chain-link fence that provides a barrier between the public park and the cliffs overlooking the ocean. Palleschi then ran and jumped over the fence and fell off the cliff landing on the beach below.

Deputies and officers immediately responded to a beach access point so they could provide aide to Palleschi while emergency medical personnel responded to the scene. Law enforcement personnel found Palleschi face down and unresponsive in the rising surf, appearing to have suffered major head trauma. Due to the high water level and rising tide, it was necessary for law enforcement personnel to move Palleschi to safety so the responding medical personnel could provide advanced life-saving efforts at the scene.  


Palleschi was transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. Palleschi’s family has been notified.


It is unknown whether drugs or alcohol played a factor in this cliff fall.


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