Body of Hillsboro man recovered after Smith Rock State Park fall
A Hillsboro man died over the weekend after falling 100 feet at Smith Rock State Park in Central Oregon.
Deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office recovered the body of Chaitanya Sathe, 35, from the park near Redmond, after he fell at about 9:40 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 24.
Sathe was a member of Mazamas, a nonprofit mountaineering group based in Portland. The organization confirmed Sathe's death on social media.
"We extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to his family and friends," Mazamas wrote. "… Chaitanya's bright light and spirit will live on in our hearts."
Sathe was an active member of the group, but was at Smith Rock State Park on a personal climbing trip, the group said.
Sathe had been making his way down a climber's path near the northwest Lower Gorge inside the state park when he tripped and fell, deputies said.
He died at the scene.
"His climbing partner was ahead of him and did not see the accident occur," Mazamas wrote. "Two climbers below responded to Chaitanya who was pulseless and not breathing at the base of the cliff where his body came to rest."
Members of the Mazamas are planning a celebration of Sathe's life at Mazama Mountaineering Center in the near future, the group said, and the organization is asking anyone with photos and memories of Sathe to share them on the group's social media pages.
By Geoff Pursinger
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