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Hiker dies after falling off cliff on Santa Cruz Island

May 11, 2010 |  8:12 am

A 22-year-old Goleta man died Saturday after a 60-foot fall off a cliff on Santa Cruz Island, within Channel Islands National Park.

Trevor Brent Correia landed on a ledge situated about 60 feet below the top of the cliff and well over 200 feet above Potato Harbor, on the northeast end of Santa Cruz Island.

At the time of the accident, Correia, a student from Santa Barbara City College, was hiking with friends during a day visit to the island. Several of his companions witnessed his fall.

After being notified at about 2:30 p.m., National Park Service ranger Randy Nelson responded to the scene. Nelson and two other park employees were able to descend the slope at Potato Harbor, where they found two bystanders assisting Correia.

Nelson found Correia unconscious, unresponsive and with labored breathing. Initial emergency medical treatment and monitoring continued until a Ventura County Sheriff Search and Rescue helicopter arrived. Shortly following their arrival, Correia’s condition worsened and CPR was initiated by the responding paramedics.

Due to the steep nature of the cliff, Correia was air-lifted from the ledge to the rescue helicopter and transported to St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Correia's hiking companions returned from the island late Saturday afternoon and later met with National Park Service rangers and the Ventura County medical examiner, where they were informed of their friend’s death. Correia’s family, who live in San Diego County, were also notified about the tragedy.

The medical examiner's office has determined the cause of death as an accident.

-- Kelly Burgess

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