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Florida man, 20, falls to his death inside Crater Lake caldera

Crater Lake National Park (file photo)

CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, Ore. - A Florida man fell to his death from a rocky cliff at Crater Lake National Park early on the morning of the Fourth of July.

The man's identity has not yet been released while authorities work to contact his family.

The man scrambled down inside the caldera just west of Rim Village around 5:45 a.m., according to park officials.

"Witnesses stated the victim walked onto a rocky point when rocks he was standing on broke loose. He fell approximately 50-70 feet," park officials said in a press release. "Rangers rappelled down the cliff and confirmed the man had died from injuries sustained in the fall."

The death remains under investigation.

"Climbing or hiking within the caldera is prohibited due to extremely hazardous conditions encountered inside the collapsed volcano," the park service said in a statement. "Patches of late snow can also contribute to hazards in the caldera and on other high elevation slopes. The majority of the higher elevation hiking trails are still partially or fully snow covered and should be avoided. Visitors are cautioned to observe warning signs, be aware of footing on rocky, pumice slopes, and never approach the edge even in areas that may appear traveled by others. Due to heavy spring snows hikers on back country trails may encounter patches of snow, fallen trees and other debris well into July and August. The Watchman and Garfield Peak trails remain closed due to heavy snow and dangerous conditions. The Cleetwood Cove trail to the lake is open."

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