“Beachgoers should continue to use caution when visiting beach areas”
A cliff collapse at the California coast has left at least three people beachgoers dead according to RTE.
The cliff was said to have collapsed near a staircase leading to Grandview Surf Beach, north of San Diego.
City of Encinitas tweeted that two of people died in the hospital while San Diego County Sheriff’s Department confirmed one person died at the scene.
“Beachgoers should continue to use caution when visiting beach areas,” the City of Encinitas cautioned in the tweet.
Lieutenant Ted Greenawald of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said two people were rescued from the debris.
Meanwhile, Encinitas lifeguard captain Larry Giles told local reporters that rescuers were working with dogs to search for other possible victims.
The beach where the incident took place is located along sandstone cliffs that have rapidly eroded over the years.
A woman who was on a beach in the area was killed by a landslide while watching her husband surf in 2000.
Warning signs have been placed along several locations by the city of Encinitas.
“Because of frequent bluff failures, a great deal of consideration has been given to ensuring the safety of those who visit our beaches,” according to the city’s website.
Visitors should “avoid standing or sitting directly underneath unstable bluffs, since they may collapse.”