Hiker dies after cliff collapses at Point Reyes in Marin County, California

By Updated at 2015-03-23 03:17:14 +0000

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  • The collapsed Arch Rock. Photo taken on March 21, 2015. from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office's Henry One helicopter.
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  • (R) View of new fissure from the north. (L) View of fissure from the south end of Arch Rock.
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Mill Valley ( California ) - One hiker was killed and another injured after the cliff at the Arch Rock overlook at Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County collapsed into the shoreline 70 feet below, officials said Sunday.

A photo released by the National Park Service shows a huge section of the cliff disintegrated into boulders and rocks onto a beach below.

A statement from the National Park Service said that reports of new dangerous conditions were reported to officials Thursday. “Fissures along the top of Arch Rock had weakened the cliff. Bluffs along the California coast are inherently unstable. They are prone to crumbling and sliding. It is very dangerous to climb or walk along the edge of cliffs. Be aware of falling rocks if walking near the base of a rock face.”

The National Park Service did not immediately return a phone message left by The Times.

The San Francisco Chronicle said both hikers were adults and had gone past warning signs onto a hazardous overlook sometime before 6 p.m. Saturday. The newspaper said both tumbled down the cliff into the rubble. One of the hikers was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, the Chronicle reported.

Arch Rock is popular and well-known to visitors to the Point Reyes National Seashore, the park service said.