Oregon college student Michelle Casey, 21, died in a tragic fall earlier this week while taking photos hiking with her boyfriend at the Neahkahnie Mountain viewpoint area near Neahkahnie Beach along the northern Oregon coast.
The couple decided to climb over a rock barrier to get a better view. She fell nearly 100 feet down the cliff, police said. After fall, she was stopped by a tree which prevented her from plummeting into the Pacific Ocean. Deputies from the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Nehalem Fire and Rescue, an ambulance from Adventist Health, a Life Flight Helicopter, and Cannon Beach’s High Angle Rescue Team responded on the scene to help. Casey was unconscious but breathing when rescuers reached her. She was pronounced dead later at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.
Rescuers at the scene
The girl was known as a beach lover. She loved being outdoors. Her fall was the result of a slip as she moved from one rock to another. Michelle was a registered organ donor. Two other lifes were saved after her death. Casey worked as a Starbucks barista in both Portland and Corvallis, her family said, and “loved her customers.”