Three dead after sea cliff collapses on beachgoers

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ENCINITAS, Calif. (CNN) — A sea bluff collpased onto a group of beachgoers on Friday, August 2nd, killing three people.

It happened on a stretch of ocean shoreline at Grandview Surf Beach.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the falling slab of Earth came down on five people.

Emergency personnel pulled everyone out from the 15 to 20 cubic yards of rock and soil.

A woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three others were taken to hospitals, where two later died.

Encinitas’ Marine Safety Captain, Larry Giles, explained why the sea bluff collapsed.

“This is a natural eroding bluff that we see up against San Diego County coastline and the state of California. Unfortunately this afternoon it naturally eroded and fell away from the bluff and it came off in a slab of form and landed on the beach where the beach patrons were.”

As a public-safety precaution, the city closed several hundred yards of the shoreline near the accident site.

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