Man Falls to Death Going for Help After Hiking Accident

Sheriff’s deputies in Montecito were investigating the circumstances surrounding an apparent hiking accident that left a young man dead and his female companion injured.

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The couple, both in their 20s, fell during a hike on Sunday afternoon on the Cold Springs Trail near Tangerine Falls, according to a news release from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities said the woman suffered two broken ankles and a broken wrist; the man suffered a serious injury to his arm.

When the man tried to go for help, he apparently fell 20 to 30 feet down a rocky ledge to his death, the release stated.

A couple hiking on the lower Cold Springs Trail on Monday morning, called 911 to report seeing a body about 10 to 15 feet off the trail, the release stated.

Later Monday afternoon, authorities said a second group of hikers in the upper Cold Springs Trail area discovered the injured woman who was airlifted to the hospital.

The identities of the two hikers were being withheld.