Elderly Man Falls 250 Feet to His Death in Santa Cruz Mountains

The victim landed about 50 feet short of the riverbed after being stopped by a tree, officials said.

Friday, Feb 24, 2012  |  Updated 7:11 PM PDT
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Man Falls Off 250-Foot Cliff to His Death

Emergency crews spent about four hours working to recover the man's body in the steep, dangerous terrain.

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Authorities say an elderly man died after falling about 250 feet off a steep cliff in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Felton Fire Chief Ron Rickabaugh says the man was working with a gardener to clear brush Thursday on his property, which sits about 300 feet above the San Lorenzo River.

The victim's identity was not released, but he was believed to be in his 80s.

Rickabaugh says the gardener suddenly couldn't find the homeowner and soon discovered that he had fallen over the heavily wooded cliff.

Officials say the victim landed about 50 feet short of the riverbed after being stopped by a tree.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that emergency crews spent about four hours working to recover the man's body in the steep, dangerous terrain.

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