Cliff collapses at Torrey Pines State Beach

A section of the cliff above Torrey Pines State Beach collapsed overnight, but a sheriff’s search-and-rescue team did not find anyone trapped in the rubble.

“As far as we can tell, there’s no one under the pile,” sheriff’s Sgt. Don Parker said at midday. “The (search) dogs showed no interest.”

Parker said a 50-yard-long section fell about 300 yards south of the small parking lot at the entrance to the park, in an area where the bluffs are about 90 feet high.

“You can plainly see where it came from,” Parker said.

He described the collapsed area as being in the shape of an upside-down horseshoe extending from the top of the cliff to about one-third of the way down.

“There’s still some cracks in that area,” Parker said. “It’s pretty
unstable.”

The sergeant said it was a good pre-holiday weekend reminder of how the cliffs can collapse at any time. No one should sit or park their beach gear directly under the cliffs, he said, noting that the collapse left “a big splatter zone” of debris across the beach.

A 57-year-old man from Las Vegas died on Aug. 20, 2008, in another cliff collapse several hundred yards to the south.

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