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Lake Elsinore Teen Plummets To His Death During Rock-Climbing Trip

The apparent accident was in Cucamonga Canyon in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountain range, north of Rancho Cucamonga.

A Lake Elsinore teen has been identified as the hiker who plummeted 75 feet to his death while rock climbing north of Rancho Cucamonga, the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department reported.

Firefighters and sheriff's deputies received a call at 3:17 p.m. Tuesday and went to the area near Sapphire Falls, where Jacob Daniel Hernandez, 19, had been hiking and rock climbing with his cousin, coroner's officials said.

Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene about an hour after authorities received the call.

The apparent accident was in Cucamonga Canyon in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountain range, north of Rancho Cucamonga.

An autopsy was pending to determine the cause of Hernandez's death, the coroner's department reported. --City News Service

Melodie . March 10, 2013 at 03:54 PM
My heart goes out to the family of this young man, especially his mom. My oldest son did a lot of rock climbing in high school and after he graduated. I always lived in fear of getting this kind of news every time he went because of the dangers associated with it. He'd always tell me, "Mom, don't worry, I'll be fine." He was lucky. Jacob wasn't.
Jason EHS '99 March 10, 2013 at 05:53 PM
RIP dude. my heart goes out to this young mans family
Ken Lewis March 10, 2013 at 10:13 PM
An autopsy was pending to determine the cause of death? DUH ! I'm no coroner but I bet the 75 foot fall had something to do with it. May he rest in peace and my sympathy goes out to his family.
Tina B March 11, 2013 at 03:31 AM
Seriously Ken...Autopsy to determine if something was wrong with him to cause him to fall. standard procedure. A lot if things could have happened before he fell. Prayers for the family. We've lost way too many of our teens these days. So sad.
Suzanne Breaux March 11, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Our Deepest sympathies to the Hernandez-Yard Family. Jacob is remembered fondley.
Melodie . March 11, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Chances are it wasn't a heart attack, but you never know. My heart goes out to the family too.
Melodie . March 11, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Chances are it wasn't a heart attack, but you never know. My heart goes out to the family too.
Martha L. Bridges March 12, 2013 at 07:09 PM
This family has suffered a great loss, and I extend my deepest condolences to them. It is always hard to lose a promising young life. However, rock and mountain climbing much like other extreme sports have proven dangers for participants. People need to recognize the many inherent risks they are exposing themselves to when choosing to indulge in these and other high risk sports. There is a growing body of information and proof that even sports we consider to be traditional like football, soccer, boxing, skiing and surfing can have both immediate and cumulative effects on the body including lifelong disabilities. While nothing is without some danger, there are many sports the can provide exercise, enjoyment and a competitive experience with much less danger. I wish our society and our schools would promote more of these types of sports.
T March 12, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Really Martha??? This is not, was not, NEVER will be the place for a comment like that. If you want to write a "blog" on here so no one else can comment stating your belief that extreme sports or dangerous (hence the word EXTREME) please do. This persons family knew the risks, he knew the risks. What do you want to do now? Take his parents to court over letting them do something you don't think should be allowed? Yes, you have a right to comment on what you want, when you want but don't you have the right sense to know when to show some compassion?
Melodie . March 13, 2013 at 04:16 AM
Last time I checked, this was still a free country. People who engage in "extreme" sports know the risks, especially if they are "a promising young life" as you put it. Doesn't that imply that he was intelligent? It's just a shame, an accident....I agree, this is not the time or place to pontificate about what society should or shouldn't be doing as far as restricting sporting activities. The family is grieving. Maybe in six months you can initiate some kind of legislation with all of your "growing body of evidence." What's next? Should we prohibit people who also want to climb Mt. Everest? What about going to the moon again? That's pretty risky, too.
Arthur Spooner March 13, 2013 at 05:05 AM
God bless this kid and his family. So many young kids are out doing things they should not be doing and this kid was just out enjoying nature. Martha back off.
From my POV March 14, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Martha, maybe even walking out of your house is dangerous. There is a higher chance of dying in a car accident versus dying while doing something you enjoy. At least he was happy and LIVED his life to the fullest, (without fear). RIP Jacob, we will miss you!
a friend March 15, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Jacob is the son of my friend. Martha you should of stopped your comments before the however!! Prayers and strength is all that is needed/welcomed for the family!!
David Fernandez March 18, 2013 at 02:41 PM
R . I . P .Jacob May your journey be safe to the otherside
D March 21, 2013 at 03:55 PM
We love you Jay...always.
Rebecca Udink March 22, 2013 at 01:58 AM
I am the aunt of Jacob Daniel Hernandez his father is my older brother. Words can't express the sadness I feel for my brother and the mother of my nephew. He was a very smart good looking kid who has left us way to soon in life. Jacob Daniel will continue to be missed and my heart goes out to his sister Gabbie whom he loved dearly as well as to the entire Reyes family . I miss you mejo you will always be in our hearts and never be forgotten. Your Auntie Beckie and Uncle Brian

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