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Fremont Man Falls To Death Off Santa Cruz Cliff

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Authorities say 22-year-old Nick Syed Husain of Fremont fell from this ocean side cliff in Santa Cruz to his death on April 18, 2011. (CBS)

Authorities say 22-year-old Nick Syed Husain of Fremont fell from this ocean side cliff in Santa Cruz to his death on April 18, 2011. (CBS)

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SANTA CRUZ (CBS / AP) — A 22-year-old man is dead after falling 30-to-40-feet from an oceanside cliff in Santa Cruz, and police have still not determined if the fall was an accident or intentional.

Santa Cruz police say Nick Syed Husain of Fremont was found dead on Monday, his body lying face down on the rocks below a ledge along West Cliff Drive.

Police say two of Husain’s friends were also at the scene, and have been questioned about the fatal fall.

Husain’s body was removed from the rocks by a rescue crew, who rappelled down the cliff to assist him only to find he had been killed by the fall.

Neighbors told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that accidental falls on the slippery rocks in the area are fairly common with tourists.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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