One hiker is dead and another was injured on Sunday after a cliff at the Arch Rock overlook at Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County, California collapsed 70 down feet into the sea, according to park officials. Two days prior to the incident, hikers reported to authorities that there were visible fissures at the Arch Rock overlook. The National Park Service stated the bluffs along the California sea line are integrally unstable and have been prone to sporadic rock slides and collapses.
In a statement released by the National Park Service, it was reported that the aforementioned potential dangers were voiced to hikers and climbers on Point Reyes, leading to signage being posted. Park authorities addressed their concerns to be aware of falling rock and cracks in the ground. According to a local newspaper, both hikers were adults and had ventured past signs noting the hazardous conditions at the outlook at Point Reyes. After falling down onto the shoreline, one hiker was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other was transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
By Alex Lemieux
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