Ventura Man Killed After Falling Off Matilija Dam

Tuesday July 9, 2019

(File photo courtesy of Bill Nash, County of Ventura)

     The Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the man who fell to his death from Matilija Dam last week.

    The authorities say that 46-year-old Bruce Pullen of Ventura had gone fishing with his 21-year-old son on the dam in the overnight hours of Friday morning when he fell some 65 feet from the top of the dam down its face.

    The son flagged down someone for help and the Ventura County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team responded and made their way down to where Pullen was located.

   They determined that he had died and recovered his body.

   The Medical Examiner says Pullen died from multiple blunt force trauma in the fall and they ruled his death an accident.

    The authorities remind everyone that being in that area at the top of the dam is both dangerous and off limits.