Two die after vehicle plunges 500 feet off Santa Barbara County cliff

September 12, 2016

ambulance 4A vehicle plunged 500 feet off a Santa Barbara County cliff, killing two men in their 20s, according to county fire officials. The victims were ejected from the car, and their bodies were found about 100 feet apart were they laid for at least several days. [KSBY]

The car plunged after driving off Gibraltar Road north of Santa Barbara near Rattlesnake Canyon Park. The vehicle was reported missing out of Lompoc on Wednesday.

Around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, a hang-glider reported spotting wreckage from a car accident. The hang-glider spotted the wreckage while flying over a remote area of Gibraltar Road.

CalStar and Santa Barbara County rescue helicopters then searched for the occupants of the vehicle. After the bodies were spotted, they were reeled by rope up to the top of the cliff.

Authorities have yet to release the names of the victims.


OK, 500 feet?, so seat belts not have helped in this case, but they’re still a good idea.