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Oregon man dies in 100-foot fall off cliff into ocean while posing for photo in tree

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 9/30/2020 Virginia Barreda, Salem Statesman Journal
a close up of a hillside next to a tree: A Seaside man died Sunday after plunging 100 feet into the ocean while hiking in Oswald West State Park on the Oregon Coast. © Oregon State Police A Seaside man died Sunday after plunging 100 feet into the ocean while hiking in Oswald West State Park on the Oregon Coast.

SALEM, Ore. – An Oregon man died Sunday after plunging 100 feet into the ocean during a hike at a state park on the Oregon Coast.

Troopers and medics responded at 1:48 p.m. to Oswald West State Park for a report of a person who fell off a cliff, according to state police.

Investigators say Steven Gastelum, 43, of Seaside and a second person walked down Devil's Cauldron trail to take a photograph at the cliffside viewpoint. When Gastelum climbed up a tree to pose for the picture, a limb broke, and he fell 100 feet into the water below.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and rescuers from the Nehalem Bay Fire Department helped find Gastelum and brought him to shore.

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Gastelum was taken by ambulance to Tillamook Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Follow reporter Virginia Barreda on Twitter @vbarreda2.

This article originally appeared on Salem Statesman Journal: Oregon man dies in 100-foot fall off cliff into ocean while posing for photo in tree

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