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SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2016

Cape Kiwanda juts into the Pacific Ocean between Tillamook and Lincoln City, offering striking views. AP FILE PHOTO

ZACH URNESS

STATESMAN JOURNAL

PACIFIC CITY - The picture is breathtaking. A future bride and groom stand on a rock shaped like a pedestal above the Pacific Ocean. Her dress flows in the wind, he holds her close, and the blue expanse of the Oregon Coast spreads out behind them. It’s the perfect engagement photograph. And it’s become one of the most sought-after images by professional, amateur and iPhone-wielding photographers, many of whom visit after discovering the picture on social media websites such as Instagram. Just one problem. The “Pedestal Rock“ is on a notorious sandstone bluff at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, which is fenced off and bordered by signs warning people not to go there. Seven people have died in the area since 2009. Six fatal falls have taken place during the past two years. Rescue efforts by the local fire district and U.S. Coast Guard cost upward of $21,000 per hour, often topping out near $106,000. Yet people continue to flood past the fence and signs. Adults, teenagers, grandparents, photographers and even See KIWANDA, Page 5A

FATAL FALLS AT CAPE KIWANDA STATE NATURAL AREA FEB. 28, 2016: DAVID LOPEZ, 19, WOODBURN FEB. 2, 2016: MEGAN OWENS, 17, MARYSVILLE, WASHINGTON JULY 25, 2015: ELISE DICKEY, 18, CORVALLIS JULY 25, 2015: SEAN YAMAGUCHI, 22, CORVALLIS JUNE 28, 2015: SLICK RICK NELSON, 17, SALEM APRIL 2014: JAMES ALEJANDRO, 25,PORTLAND APRIL 2009: TYLER ROBERTSON, 18, MCMINNVILLE AVERAGE AGE: 19 YEARS OLD

TODAY’S WEATHER 71° HIGH 54° LOW Cloudy with showers. Full report, 8D

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Price: $2.00 A Gannett newspaper ©2016 Printed on recycled paper. Vol. 165, No. 88


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