Surprising security video shows pickup truck descending from cliff at Sunset Cliffs with father and two little daughters inside
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KSWB) – A surprising security video shows a pickup truck descending from a cliff at Sunset Cliffs with a father and his two little daughters inside.
Police said the driver was suicidal and was trying to kill himself and take his daughters with him.
“Originally I got a call saying the dad might have a gun and might try to leave the Coronado Bridge,” said John Wiese, the San Diego K9 police manager.
Wiese said police located the father’s cell phone in the Sunset Cliffs area and another officer quickly spotted his pickup. Before the police can turn on their lights, they say the father accelerated and left the cliff. A nearby resident, who recorded the incident on his home surveillance camera, said Wiese was at the scene and over the cliff to try to help within four minutes.
“My first thought was just to jump,” Wiese said. “But I thought if I jumped and hit something, I wouldn’t be of much help. Then I remembered I had a 100ft leash in my car that we use for SWAT missions, and thought if it could hold my 95lb dog then maybe he could. hold me.
Wiese pulled the father and the two daughters out of the wreckage of the pickup and tied the leash around one of the daughters so that other rescuers could bring her to safety. A rescuer came by boat from the tip and helped the other girl, who was injured. This daughter and the father were picked up by a helicopter.
Wiese said he spoke to the father during the rescue.
“He said, ‘I can’t believe we are not dead,’ because he was trying to kill himself. And then he told me the girls were actually sitting on his lap when he rolled over the cliff and no one had seat belts, ”Weise said. “I couldn’t understand how they survived.”
Police told KSWB that one of the two girls was seriously injured, but they are both expected to recover. The father faces several charges, including two counts of attempted murder.