A 43-year-old man from Seaside in Oregon, Steven Gastelum, has died after falling off a tree into the ocean 100 feet below at the Devil’s Cauldron trail in the Oswald West State Park. Gastelum and his friend had been hiking in the park before he decided to take photos high up in a tree close to the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean.
While Gastelum had remained seated in various positions in the tree for his photoshoot, the limb on which he was seated broke off and he fell down the cliff 100 feet to the ocean. The incident happened around 2 pm on Sunday according to Captain Tim Fox, the public information officer of the Oregon State Police Department.
The tragic event seemed to have occurred near a point which was cordoned off to the public with a notice reading “Danger: Do Not Go Beyond This Point”.
Coast Guard officials and men of the Nehalem Bay Fire Department used jet skis to comb the surrounding waters before the body of Gastelum was located. He was rushed in an ambulance to the hospital but a medical doctor pronounced him already dead.
Police authorities have expressed their condolences to the family of the deceased and warned people from taking photos in trees or cliffs overlooking the ocean below. Gastelum’s friend who hiked with him and took the photographs could not be reached for comments on the unfortunate incident.