College student taking pictures dies after falling off side of Oregon mountain

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MANZANITA, Ore. (AP) — A 21-year-old Oregon State University student died after plummeting from a popular viewpoint along the Oregon coast.

KPTV reports that Michelle Casey, of Happy Valley, was taking pictures at Neahkahnie Mountain near Manzanita when she fell on Sunday.

A tree caught Casey and kept her from falling into the ocean below, but it took rescuers two hours to reach her.

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The station says when rescuers reached Casey, she was unconscious but still breathing.

She was pronounced dead later at a hospital.

Casey, who graduated from Clackamas High School, was studying kinesiology at Oregon State.