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10-Year-Old Plunges Off San Pedro Cliff After Family Takes Her Beyond 'No Trespassing' Signs

San Pedro Sunken City panorama (Photo by adam greeves via the LAist Featured Photos pool)
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A 10-year-old suffered critical head injuries after her family took her on a hike that led her over a fence and past the "No Trespassing" signs.

It happened Saturday at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro near the Sunken City Trail around 3 p.m., a fire department official told City News Service. The young girl lost her footing and plunged off the cliff and landing head-first on some rocks below. She survived the fall and was conscious as she was airlifted to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Los Angeles Police Sgt. Steven Muirhead estimated that she fell about 50 feet, according to The Daily Breeze. Hikers are attracted to the area's beautiful views of the ocean and steep cliffs. There are signs and a fence to keep people from taking the risky hike down, but many people ignore them and most people who end up falling don't survive.

Here's a police officer discussing what happened:

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