Sailor swept into ocean at Sunset Cliffs, neighbor demands officials shut down the park after dark

Sunset Cliffs crowding
Posted at 9:30 PM, May 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 02:17:11-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Sunset Cliffs neighbors are fed up with the endless weeks of partying after dark.

Sunday neighbor Glen Volk sent an email to a slew of city and county officials demanding action after a Navy sailor was swept into the ocean and needed to be rescued by lifeguards.

San Diego Fire Rescue confirmed the rescue happened around midnight Saturday night on the 800 block of Sunset Cliffs Blvd. They said the sailor was uninjured.

Volk predicted this would happen, saying to 10News Saturday afternoon, "I fear somebody's going to get hit by a car, a drunk driver's going to cause an accident, somebody's going to fall of a cliff."

His message to the officials commended Councilmember Jen Campbell for bringing additional police officers to the area, but said it's not enough. "But even with police presence the situation here is barely tolerable and continues to spin out of control. Plus the police leave at 11:30 and after that it's game on again. How long must this go on?"

He said the park needs to be shut down after dark to ensure the safety of the public and protect the city from being liable.

"We've got this incredible situation where you have these people who can't go to work, the kids are out of school and this is the one spot where they can go," Volk said.

10News has been covering the crowds showing up at Sunset Cliffs fascinated by the effects of the red tide. Friday both Nathan Fletcher and the Chief of Police David Nisleit told San Diegans to be smart this weekend.

"We need to be mindful that we do this responsibly that we exercise restraint. We don't want what happened in the north to happen to us here in San Diego county," Fletcher said at Friday's press conference.

"Friendly reminder, San Diego County has 70 awesome miles of coastline - please consider choosing a different location," SDPD posted on Facebook Friday.

Volk echoed the message, concerned about public safety. "When this is all over a couple years from now, we'll look back and say man that was rough, but we got through it so let's just move forward and be smart."

10News reached out to the City of San Diego and Mayor Kevin Faulconer's office for comment and have not heard back.