California hiker found dead after falling off Oregon cliff and swept into ocean
A 25-year-old California hiker has been found dead after falling 20 feet from rocky cliffs along the Oregon coast and being swept into the ocean
- Henry Ming Hoang, 25, of West Covina, California, fell while hiking on Saturday
- He was walking behind a guardrail in an area known as the “punch bowl” in the Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area when he slipped and fell about 20 feet
- This is the eighth fatal accident at the popular venue since 2009, according to local news
A tourist from California was found dead after falling from a rocky cliff at Oregon coastline and is carried out into the ocean.
Henry Min Hoang, 25, of West Covina, Calif., was walking behind a guard rail at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area on Saturday when he slipped and fell 20 feet, Oregon State Police said. news release.
His body was recovered from the shore at the bottom of a nearby cliff on Sunday.
Haang’s death was the eighth fatal accident in the popular local area known as the “Punch Bowl” since 2009. The Salem Statesman Journal reports.
Henry Minh Hoang, 25, of West Covina, Calif., was hiking Saturday at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area on the Oregon coast when he slipped and fell 20 feet to the water’s edge
Hoang’s death was the eighth fatality in the popular neighborhood known locally as the Punch Bowl since 2009, the Salem Statesman Journal reported
Oregon State Police arrived in the area around 5 p.m. Saturday to help search for Haang after witnesses lost sight of him in the waves.
“The victim was reportedly knocked unconscious as a result of the fall and was swept into the ocean by the waves,” state police said. “Witnesses lost sight of the victim and the rescue operation later transitioned to a probable recovery operation.”
Rescue teams returned Sunday morning “when searchers could safely resume their efforts,” state police said, making it a recovery mission.
The Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Nestucca Fire and the US Coast Guard responded to assist the Oregon State Police.
Haang’s body was found around 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon on the shore at the foot of a nearby cliff, police said. He was taken to a local funeral home. Additional details about the hiker were not available.
Oregon State Police arrived in the area around 5 p.m. Saturday to help search for Haang after witnesses lost sight of him in the waves
Haang’s body was found around 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon on the shore at the foot of a nearby cliff, police said. He was taken to a local funeral home
Cape Kiwanda is considered one of the deadliest places on the Oregon coast because the massive sandstone cliffs can collapse without warning
Cape Kiwanda is considered one of the deadliest places on the Oregon coast. Massive sandstone cliffs can collapse without warning, and several people have died as a result of falls after breaching safety fences.
Seven people died after falling or becoming trapped on the park’s sandstone cliffs between 2009 and 2016, the Statesman Journal reported. The paper also reported that 11 people died on the Cape between 1960 and 1972, with countless more victims in the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s.
There have been attempts by the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation to keep people out of the most dangerous areas of the popular site, including a security fence. But tragic incidents continue to occur in fenced areas despite warnings.