Man falls off cliff while trying to grab cat in Shell Beach

A man trying to catch his cat fell off a cliff in Shell Beach on Friday, according to Cal Fire.

Around 5:30 p.m., Cal Fire received a report that a man had fallen off a cliff at Capistrano Avenue and Ocean Boulevard. Crews at the scene found a 43-year-old man who had tumbled about 25 feet onto the beach, Cal Fire said in a news release.

The man reportedly had lost his footing while trying to get his cat, which had followed him and a friend as they walked along the blufftop, according to Cal Fire. The man was not identified.

It took rescuers 45 minutes to treat the man and raise him up to the top of the cliff, where paramedics were waiting. He suffered injuries to his head and neck, and had a 3-inch-by-5-inch avulsion to the back of his scalp, the news release said. He was taken to Arroyo Grande Community Hospital for treatment.

Alcohol was a factor in the incident, according to Cal Fire.

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