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Oregon hiker plunges 100ft to his death after climbing a tree to pose for picture over Devil’s Cauldron trail

Steven Gastelum

Steven Gastelum is an Oregon local resident who allegedly plunged 100 feet to his death from a tree after a branch snapped while he was posing for a photo along the Devil’s Cauldron trail in Oregon.

Pictured: 43-year-old Steven Gastelum

Gastelum, of Seaside, was announced dead plunging off a cliff into the surf Sunday at the Oregon coast, troopers say.

Steven Gastelum fell off 100 feet over a cliff edge

Gastelum died Sunday when he fell over a cliff edge along the Devil’s Cauldron Overlook Trail at Oswald West State Park, north of Manzanita, and plummeted into the ocean below, the Oregon State Police said.

According to an early investigation, the incident took place when Gastelum was hiking with another person along the Devil’s Cauldron trail on the Oregon Coast. he pair went to a cliffside viewpoint to take a photo.

Gastelum then climbed a tree on the edge of the drop to pose for a picture. A tree limb snapped sending him falling 100 feet into the water below, according to Oregon State Police.

Emergency personnel was called to reports of a man falling off a cliff edge at around 1:48 p.m.

Steven Gastelum: Reports

Responders from the Nehalem Bay Fire Department on jet skies and a US Coast Guard helicopter were drafted in the search for Gastelum. The hiker was located and pulled to shore.

He was immediately rushed to Tillamook Regional Medical Center, where he was later announced dead.

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