SAN DIEGO -- Lifeguards recovered a woman's body below Sunset Cliffs Wednesday afternoon.
At about 2:30 p.m. a resident called authorities to report she had spotted a woman in an alcove at the base of Sunset Cliffs near the foot of Bermuda Avenue, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department confirmed.
Lifeguards used a cliff rescue vehicle to lift the woman's body on a stretcher and hoist it to street level.
Residents reported seeing the woman 24 hours earlier as she tried to walk down a set of stairs that lead to Bermuda Beach.
Those stairs have been fenced off for several years after they were damaged, but according to people in the area, the warnings are often ignored.
Those who saw her, said she tumbled and fell about 12 down to the beach but appeared to be alright after getting up and walking away.
"She said excuse me, went down kind of scaled the wall down to the beach, it’s hard to get down there, with the collapsed stairs and then she just sauntered around the corner and that’s kind of the last they saw her,” said resident Jim Carpenter.
The woman's purse and a bag were found at the scene. The items were retrieved by police and inspected at the scene.
How the woman died will be determined by the medical examiner.
San Diego police is handling the investigation.