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.