State Police investigating video showing group toppling rock at Cape Kiwanda
PACIFIC CITY, Ore. —
Cape Kiwanda rock being forced down by a group of visitors (Still image from video courtesy David Kalas)
Oregon State Police and the state's Parks and Recreation Department are investigating recently obtained video that shows a group of people pushing a sandstone pedestal on the Oregon coast to the ground.
The sandstone collapsed last week, and state officials had assumed the rock had fallen naturally. The area of Cape Kiwanda where the "Duckbill" rock is located is off-limits.
A video obtained by KATU News this weekend shows a group of individuals pushing the rock until it crumbles and falls to the ground. | WATCH THE FULL VIDEO
"The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, in cooperation with the Oregon State Police, will review the incident immediately and decide how best to respond. The department takes vandalism of a state park's natural features seriously," a statement released Monday from Oregon Parks and Recreation Department says.
David Kalas was at Cape Kiwanda with a friend helping him film the coast when he saw the group trying to tip the Duckbill.
"I kind of laughed to myself cause I thought there was no way that they could knock it down but then I noticed that it started wobbling and then I started to record it as two of the guys manged to knock it down," Kalas said. "I asked them, you know, why they knocked the rock down, and the reply I got was: their buddy broke their leg earlier because of that rock. They basically told me themselves that it was a safety hazard, and that they did the world or Oregon a favor."
Kalas says once they toppled the rock, they stood on the crumbled sandstone, snapped a few pictures and left.
"They were just standing on top of the rubble of the rock, laughing, smiling, giggling," he said. "I just want them to learn a lesson you know, because if they do this here they will probably do it elsewhere."
Kalas does not know the apparent vandals, but says he would like them to be identified.