At least 1 Person Dead after Sea Bluff Collapse in Encinitas

August 02, 2019 - 3:59 pm

ENCINITAS (CNS) - At least one person was killed this afternoon when part of a sea bluff collapsed on onto a group of beachgoers on a stretch of ocean shoreline near Batiquitos Lagoon.

The fatal cliff failure at Grandview Surf Beach in Encinitas occurred shortly before 3 p.m., according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

The falling earth was believed to have come down on three or four people, Lt. Ted Greenawald said. As of 3:20 p.m., one fatality had been confirmed, and emergency crews were working to dig out the other victims, none of whom were immediately identified, the lieutenant said.