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.
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.