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Indian American Man Died in Fatal Climbing Accident at Oregon State Park

TERREBONNE, OR-Indian American Chaitanya Sathe was identified as the man who died at Smith Rock State Park in Oregon Aug. 24.

As per reports that the 35-year-old Sathe was descending on a hiking trail in the Lower Gorge area of the park to begin a climbing route when he fell about 100 feet to his death.

His climbing partner was ahead of him on the trail and did not see the fall, according to the report.

The fall was reported about 9:40 a.m. Aug. 24, with emergency crews pronouncing Sathe dead at the scene.

Sathe was an engineer at Intel in Hillsboro. He was unmarried and did not have children. Most of his family lives in his native India, according to Sarah Bradham, interim director of the Mazamas mountaineering club, the report said.

Sathe was an active member of Mazamas and participated and assisted in many of its climbing programs, Bradham said.

Sathe’s is the second death this year at Smith Rock State Park. In January, a person died of suicide. There was one fatality in 2018. From 2002 to 2017, seven people died at Smith Rock, according to the report.

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