Record number of deaths and injuries at Sunset Cliffs this year

SAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The new numbers are out, and they are not good. One of the most beautiful places on earth is once again, one of the most dangerous places on earth as well.

“The more people come down here, the busier we are, that’s for sure”, says Lt. Rick Romero of the San Diego Lifeguards.

According to a local newspaper called the “OB Rag”, more people have died or suffered serious injury in 2018 than any year since 2005. Seven people died from a variety of causes and almost a dozen were seriously injured.

This is a place with spectacular sunsets and perfect waves. But sometimes, when people want to get close, they get too close.

“I’m one of those people who wants to get as close as possible, it doesn’t scare me too much. I trust myself to have common sense, says Mattie Beard of Pittsburgh.

Sunset Cliffs has always been a big attraction, but more and more, thanks to social media. People see the pictures and want to capture those moments for themselves.

“I don’t want to slam social media, but yeah, people see it and come down here and have no idea how dangerous it can be”, says DJ Arias.

Over the decades, people have called for fencing and heavy duty policing to keep this area safer. None of those things have happened and most likely will never happen.

The annual report is a very vivid reminder that mother nature is a powerful force. Ultimate respect and caution is recommended when entering one of the most scenic spot on earth.

See full report for more details.

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