SANTA MONICA, CA: On Monday, March 22nd, the Santa Monica Communications Center received 911 calls of a man on the ledge of a pedestrian bridge on the California Incline located between Pacific Coast Highway and Ocean Ave. Fire crews from Santa Monica Fire Department & the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the incident alongside the Santa Monica Police Department. The Police Department was tasked with closing the area off to pedestrian and vehicle traffic as well as helping get the individual down from the ledge. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to deploy an inflatable air rescue cushion below the individual to ensure that if they did fall, they would safely land on the air rescue cushion. Santa Monica Police Department had their crisis negotiators on the scene to bring the person to safety and the county's mental health unit assisted with the situation as well. Eventually, the individual came down from the ledge and was transported to a nearby hospital on a 51-50 hold for further evaluation. The hold would keep the individual in the hospital for at least 72 hours and after the 72 hours can be released if the individual is deemed to be no harm to themselves or others.
The Santa Monica Police Department & the Los Angles Fire Department have both released statements via Twitter about their efforts for the individual. To clarify in Santa Monica PD's statement, LACoFD was not involved in the efforts and it was SMPD, SMFD, and the LAFD who were working together.