DAVENPORT -- Authorities identified Tommy Martinez of San Jose as the man who died after a cliff fall at Davenport Beach on Saturday.
Martinez, 20, had been with friends near Highway 1 and Center Street in Davenport about 3:45 p.m., said Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputy April Skalland. He was intoxicated and started slipping on loose gravel rock near the beach, Skalland said.
Martinez fell from a cliff estimated at 300 feet high, according to Cal Fire.
Someone called 911. Emergency responders tried to treat Martinez on the beach as a crowd gathered.
Martinez was lifted up the cliff in a stokes basket and transported by ambulance to Dominican Hospital. He died that evening in the hospital, deputies said.
Martinez's specific injuries have not been released.
Deputies said they interviewed an acquaintance of Martinez who had been with him that afternoon. He was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public and was unable to care for himself, Skalland said.
State Parks, Cal Fire, American Medical Response, and the Sheriff's Office responded to the call.
Unlike some other beaches on the North Coast, Davenport Beach is not a State Parks beach and it is instead patrolled by sheriff's deputies.
Skalland said deputies typically patrol it more in the summer when it is busier. Deputies who monitor it other times also patrol the San Lorenzo Valley, she said.
Ed Dickie, a Davenport artist, was one of many who
"It was so avoidable," Dickie said.
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