Man falls to death from Michigan cliff, may have been taking photos

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Man falls to death from Michigan cliff, may have been taking photos

A man who may have been trying to take photos at a Michigan park on Labor Day fell to his death from a cliff, police said.

The victim, whose identity wasn’t immediately released, died at a hospital Monday after falling from a cliff at Presque Isle Park in Marquette — a 323-acre peninsula where a rock formation known locally as Blackrocks features cliffs that visitors can dive from up to 15 feet into Lake Superior.

“The investigation is ongoing at this time, but preliminary information suggests that the victim fell while descending the cliff to take photographs,” Marquette police said in a statement.

Cops, fire officials and paramedics responded to the scene and found the victim unresponsive in Lake Superior near the shoreline. He later died at a hospital in Marquette, police said.

Authorities believe the man was climbing the cliffs at the park to take photographs when he fell.
Authorities believe the man was climbing the cliffs at the park to take photographs when he fell.
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“The Marquette Police Department reminds visitors to Presque Isle Park to stay back from the cliffs, and to use caution around unprotected hazards in the park,” the police statement continued.

The victim’s identity was being withheld pending family notification, according to police, but several local outlets said a man died at a hospital Monday after falling just north of an observation deck.

The fatality marked at least the third death from accidental falls in Michigan state parks this summer, including a 75-year-old hiker who died after falling from a cliff at the Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness on Aug. 17, the Detroit News reported.

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