- An unidentified man was chasing his dog after it got away from him when he took his fatal fall in California’s Golden Gate State Park
- The 67-year-old was recovered on a beach at the bottom of the cliff, where he was pronounced dead on the scene
- The dog paced and barked above the spot where the man fell, in what could be interpreted as a distress signal
- Dog walkers in the park are advised to use leashes due to the park’s steep cliffs
A 67-year-old man fell nearly 500 feet off a cliff to his death while chasing his dog in California’s Golden Gate Park on Monday.
The unidentified man was walking his dog near the cliffs above Thornton Beach in Daly City, California when his dog got away from him. As he gave chase, he slipped off the cliff, leading to his fatal fall.
In another tragic turn to an already sad story, the man’s dog paced and barked on the spot where the man fell, as if to signal distress.
Rescuers recovered the man at the bottom of the cliff on the beach, where he was pronounced dead on the scene.
An unidentified 67-year-old man fell to his death trying to chase after his dog in California’s Golden Gate Park Monday – the dog (pictured above with a rescuer) had to be rescued from the cliffside
‘The dog knows if you are hurt and sometimes with the cliff they get overstimulated and don’t know all the facts,’ says dog walker Kyle Moreno said to CBS San Francisco.
‘It’s really steep – it’s like a straight drop off,’ Moreno also told FOX San Francisco.
The area where the man fell is apparently a popular spot for dog walkers.
The man’s dog (above) was pacing and barking in the area where the man fell long after the incident, CBS San Francisco reported
‘Sometimes things can move around. You gotta be careful. Always be on alert because rocks can tumble,’ hiker Tedd Leblanc said. He also mentioned that the local terrain was very steep.
Rescuers reunited the dog with its family after the tragic incident.
Rangers at Golden Gate State Park said that the park doesn’t have leash laws, but advise that dog walkers use leashes.
A recovery team removes the body of the 67-year-old man as a dog looks on – the park doesn’t have laws about keeping dogs on a leash, but it highly suggests them
The park – popular with hikers and dog walkers – has very steep cliffs that lead down to the Pacific Ocean
The dog (above) was safely reunited with the man’s family shortly after the tragic incident