17-Year-Old St. Ignatius Student Dies After Fall From Lands End Cliffs [Updated]

Land's End. | Photo: Ting Chen/Flickr
By Fiona Lee - Published on June 23, 2017.

A 17-year-old has died after she fell from a cliff into the water at Lands End yesterday evening, the Golden Gate Park National Recreation Area reported.

The victim has now been identified as  Victoria La Rocca, a resident of Corte Madera, and a rising senior at St. Ignatius College Prep in the Outer Sunset.

The incident was first reported by SFFD on their Twitter account at 6:41pm:

First responders, including rescue swimmers, were deployed from the National Park Service's ocean rescue units and the SFFD's marine and cliff rescue units. 

Rescue crews were hampered by "strong and treacherous search conditions," said SFFD spokesman Jonathan Baxter.

"[We're] working hard to save her life and get her rescued," wrote SFFD. 

They were able to reach the teen, but La Rocca was unconscious and in critical condition, with multiple fractures and injuries, reported the San Francisco Examiner. She was then taken to China Beach, where there was an ambulance waiting for her.

There, the teen was pronounced dead. 

La Rocca was out on the cliffs with two other people when she fell off the cliff. SFFD's Battalion Chief Denise Newman told the Examiner that she may have fallen 50 feet into the water and was likely in the water for 15 to 20 minutes before rescue crews were able to reach her.

According to CBS 5, St. Ignatius sent out an email to the student community informing them of La Rocca's death.

“We mourn her loss and ask you to pray for her entire family and friends,” wrote the school. “Please keep Tori and her entire family in your prayers in their hour of need.”

Update, 2:31pm: According to Sonja Hanson of the GGNRA, La Rocca and her friends had gone off the trail, past signage and a fence. 

Hanson was unable to give us more details about whether La Rocca had slipped off the cliff. She noted that there is an ongoing investigation into the incident.

Offering her condolences to the La Rocca's friends and families, Hanson also added that she encouraged visitors to stay on the trail for their own safety.

"We do put signs up and count on people to use their best judgment," she said. "We obviously don't want this happening. It's dangerous." 

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