A 34-year-old Astoria man died at Youngs River Falls late Saturday afternoon when he slipped from the top of the falls onto the rocks below, the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office said.
Joseph T. Nestor, who was visiting the falls with his father and brother, began climbing the face of the falls, lost his footing and fell approximately 60 to 70 feet. The witness lost sight of Nestor’s body, which had fallen into the river but was soon recovered by a member of the Lewis & Clark fire department.
Clatsop County Medical Examiner Joann Guiliani determined Nestor died from his injuries.
Nestor left behind his wife, Mandy, and two boys Phoenix, 9, and Max, 2, The Oregonian reported.
Crews from the Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, the Olney Walluski and Lewis & Clark fire departments, and Medix were at the scene.