Hiker posing for picture in tree falls 100 feet into ocean, dies

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The hiker fell near the Devil’s Cauldron trail in Tillamook County

A “Danger” sign at Oswald West State Park along the Oregon Coast, September 28, 2020 (OSP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A hiker died after falling from a tree and into the ocean on Sunday, according to officials.

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.

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