SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities have identified a man they say plunged to his death from a San Diego cliff while using a camera or cellphone.
The county medical examiner’s office says 33-year-old Joshua Burwell of Sheridan, Indiana was visiting Southern California when he slipped and plunged 40 feet onto the rocks from a beach cliff on Christmas Day.
His mother, Sharyle Burwell, says in a Facebook post that he died while taking pictures. She says he leaves a son.
San Diego lifeguard Bill Bender says witnesses reported seeing the man looking at an electronic device before he fell.
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However, the device hasn’t been located.
The medical examiner’s office says bystanders climbed down the cliff to perform CPR on Burwell but he died at the scene.