Boy Suffers Broken Bones, “Traumatic Injuries” in Fall Off Cliff at Bodega Bay

A 4-year-old boy was rescued Monday evening after he fell down a cliff to a beach hundreds of feet below while he was visiting Bodega Head in Bodega Bay with his family, authorities said.

The boy fell off a cliff while walking with his mother on a trail, his mom told authorities. He had been with his parents and sibling just before his fall, Sonoma County Sheriff's Lt. Al Vernon said.

Rescuers descended 238 feet to a beach to reach the boy, who was found conscious and crying, within 30 minutes of arriving on scene, Bodega Bay Fire Protection District Fire Chief Sean Grinnell said.

Sheriff's deputies responded to Sonoma Coast State Beach at 3799 Westshore Road shortly before 5 p.m. to assist fire and emergency crews in the rescue. Personnel from Cal Fire, California State Parks and helicopter crews from the California Highway Patrol and U.S. Coast Guard also responded.

Foggy conditions prevented helicopter crews from arriving to the scene to airlift the boy, who was instead taken by ambulance to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Grinnell said.

An Oakland Children’s Hospital spokesperson said Tuesday the boy was in "serious" condition. Grinnell said he suffered "traumatic injuries" and broken bones.

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