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Coast Guardsman dies in fall from Kodiak Island cliff

August 2, 2019

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A 25-year-old Coast Guardsman died in a fall from a cliff on Kodiak Island.

Alaska State Troopers say Ricky Reese Jr. died Wednesday after falling about 60 feet (18.3 meters).

Reese and a friend before the fall had been hiking on a cliff overlooking Buskin Beach.

Emergency medical technicians and the Coast Guard Fire Department responded and attempted life-saving efforts.

Reese was transported to the Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Reese was originally from Georgia. His hometown was not released.

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