The incident was reported around 4:30 a.m. near Paseo Del Mar, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department, which added that two men and two women fell about 300 feet down the side of the cliff.
When crews arrived, Captain Burton Kelsey said two victims were in critical condition, including the man who was pronounced dead at the scene.
One person “self-extricated” and was taken to hospital. The other two injured were also transported for treatment.
Palos Verdes Estates Police Cpt. Steve Berber said the four people fell over the cliff when a woman got “a little too close” to the edge of the cliff and slipped.
His friends tried to stop him from falling, Berber added.
“Unfortunately, all four ended up going together,” Berber said.
Berber said the group was there, hanging out at the edge of the cliff.
A hiker said the trail at the top of the cliff was near the edge and could be dangerous.
“You have to keep in mind what you are doing and how you are moving…” Rakesh Sharma said. “You have to be careful, but if you’re not from this area and think you can have fun on the trail, no, it’s a risky business.”
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