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Woman Dies at Point Fermin

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At Point Fermin last year where one person was found dead, another injured | Photo by Marshall Astor - Food Pornographer via Flickr

One person is dead (now reported as a 50-year-old woman) after they went over the side of a cliff near Point Fermin 1:40 p.m. this afternoon in San Pedro (map). No preliminary reports on how this happened are out yet, but this cliff is no stranger to incidents like today (Update: An officer at the Harbor Division said that it appears to be a suicide).

"It happens more often than we like," explained Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Some are accidental, purposeful and are found to be undetermined to why someone went over the side.

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Based on previous incidents, three likely scenarios will play out of the investigation: the person either fell, jumped or was washed ashore. But as a precaution, the LAPD treats deaths here as a crime scene until they can verify what has happened.

For the most part, the cliff is fenced and to put oneself in a position of falling, you must go through a physical effort of some sort.

Humphrey did a quick search for how many times the fire department has responded to the area. Today was the 8th time since May 18 and that was not the first time, by any means, in 2008. (If you're curious, here are the exact dates: May 18, June 1, June 4, June 7, June 17, June 25, July 1). However, he noted that some calls to the area have been false alarms for debris that people think might be a person, but many have not been, either ending in injury or death.