Man falls to death after climbing tree over cliff to pose for photo at state park in Oregon


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OREGON (WJW) — A man died after falling from a cliff into the ocean while taking a photograph at Oswald West State Park in Oregon.

According to Oregon State Police, it happened at 1:48 p.m. Sunday on the park’s Devil’s Cauldron trail.

The preliminary investigation revealed that two people walked down the Devi’s Cauldron trail to take a photo at a cliffside viewpoint.

Steven Gastelum, 43, of Seaside, climbed a tree on the cliff’s edge to post. A limb broke on the tree, causing him to fall around 100 feet into the ocean.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and Nehalem Bay Fire Department jet skis assisted in locating Gastelum and bringing him to shore. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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