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Seaside man dies after fall from cliff along Oregon Coast

The man climbed a tree to pose for a photo but a limb broke, causing him to fall about 100 feet into the ocean, police said.
Credit: Oregon State Police
A cliff in Oswald West State Park along the Oregon Coast

TILLAMOOK, Ore. — A hiker from Seaside died after falling from a tree on the edge of a cliff along the Oregon Coast Sunday afternoon.

43-year-old Steven Gastelum walked with another person down the Devil’s Cauldron trail to a viewpoint on the edge of a cliff in Oswald West State Park.

"The area where he was, he had no business being. It's a horribly, horribly dangerous cliff's edge," said fire chief Chris Beswick of the Nehalem Bay Fire and Rescue. "It's very high and they call it Devil's Cauldron for a reason. It's horribly turbulent water, very difficult to get in there."

According to the Oregon State Police, Gastelum climbed a tree to pose for a photo. A tree limb broke and Gastelum fell about 100 feet into the ocean.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew and Nehalem Bay Fire Department jet skiers found Gastelum and brought him to shore. He was pronounced dead at a Tillamook hospital.