- Michelle Casey, a 21-year-old Oregon State University student from Happy Valley, Oregon, died after falling 100 feet at a scenic coastal viewpoint on Sunday morning, the Portland CBS affiliate KOIN-TV reported.
- According to the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, she was still breathing when rescuers found her but later died at Emanuel Hospital in Portland.
- Casey’s boyfriend told first responders she had been taking photos over the retaining wall when she fell, the sheriff’s office said.
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A 21-year-old Oregon State University student died after falling from a popular Pacific viewpoint.
Michelle Casey, from Happy Valley, Oregon, fell 100 feet at Neahkahnie Mountain near the coastal city of Manzanita on Sunday morning, the Portland CBS affiliate KOIN-TV reported.
She was still breathing when rescuers found her in a tree below the viewpoint but died at a nearby hospital, according to the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office.
Casey’s boyfriend told emergency responders she had been taking photos over the retaining wall when she fell, the sheriff’s office said. She was airlifted to Emanuel Hospital in Portland, where she was later pronounced dead, according to the sheriff’s office.
Her family told KOIN that Casey was an organ donor and saved two lives after her death.
“She loved being outdoors and was at the beach – her favourite place – on Sunday,” her family told the station in a statement. “Michelle always brought people together with her bubbly personality and loving, giving heart. Always active, she held a second-degree black belt in tae kwon do, played volleyball and beach volleyball, and loved to work out. She loved singing in choir and her Starbucks customers as a barista in both Portland and Corvallis.”
Casey was a sophomore at OSU studying kinesiology.
Photo taking has been linked to a series of deaths at national parks in recent months. At least one of three recent deaths at the Grand Canyon involved a person who was trying to take a photo, NBC News reported. Last year, a couple died after falling while taking a selfie at Yosemite National Park.
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