3 Dead, 2 Injured after Hillside Collapses on Encinitas Beach
ENCINITAS, Calif. (August 5, 2019) — Three women identified as Anne Clave, Julie Davis and Elizabeth Cox were all killed Friday afternoon when a 30-foot-long slab of the cliff plunged onto the sand below at Grandview Surf Beach in the Leucadia neighborhood in San Diego county.
The San Diego Medical Examiner identified Clave and Davis and Cox was identified by a family member to was interviewed by KNSD-TV. Later the coroner identified Cox as Elizabeth Charles, 62, of San Francisco.
The three women were trapped below the hillside in the sand and rocks. Paramedics responded and freed them before taking them two of them to the hospital and one was pronounced dead at the scene.
The women were all family members who had gathered to celebrate one of them who survived breast cancer, according to the Associated Press. The AP reported that Davis, 65, and her daughter, Clave, 35, both died after being taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital-La Jolla,. Davis died at 3:45 p.m., followed by Clave at 7:42 p.m.
Cox was Clave’s aunt and she reportedly died at the scene, the coroner said.
The incident was reported at 2:54 p.m. on Friday, August 2nd in the 1700 block of Neptune Avenue at Grandview Beach. The family was on the beach below the hillside cliff, just There was a fourth person who suffered injuries and was taken to a hospital and a fifth person was treated at the scene, officials said.
The beach was closed after the incident and geologists were surveying the area where the collapse took place. At this time, the geotechnician did not believe the homes that top the bluffs were at risk.
According to California State Parks officials these bluff collapses take place several times a year along the coastline and that it is a natural part of the coastline eroding.
It’s unknown at this time whether or not the state or county was aware of the potential danger, nor whether they took steps to warn beachgoers or red tag the area.
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