PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A hiker fell 100 feet to his death after he climbed a tree to pose for a photograph in Portland, officials said.
Authorities learned that two people walked down the Devil’s Cauldron trail to take a photograph at a viewpoint along the cliff’s side. One of the hikers, 43-year-old Steven Gastelum of Seaside, climbed up a tree to pose for a picture.
Once he was up there, a branch snapped and he fell about 100 feet into the ocean beneath him.
Oregon State Police responded to the scene shortly before 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The Coast Guard and Nehalem Bay Fire Department used jet skis to find Gastelum in the water and bring him to shore.
Gastelum was then rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
In 2017, a 51-year-old Canadian man fell 800 feet to his death in the same state park, the CBC reported.
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