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California Poly student named after death at Big Sur waterfall as tributes pour in for ‘kind’ 21-year-old

EducationCalifornia Poly student named after death at Big Sur waterfall as tributes pour in for 'kind' 21-year-old

A student at California Poly studentState University died in an accident during a trip to Big Sur on the central coast of California over the weekend.

Kenneth Taylor, California Poly student at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo majoring in mechanical engineering, died Saturday in an accident during a trip to the popular seaside town, university officials said in a statement. The university did not share details on the nature of the accident or the cause of Taylor’s death.

The San Luis Obispo Tribune, citing local authorities, reported that Taylor’s body was found at the base of the Salmon Creek waterfall following a report of a climbing accident. Taylor apparently died “in the pool at the base of the waterfall,” San Luis Obispo County Cmdr. Stuart MacDonald told the newspaper.

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The university said that Taylor was an “outdoor enthusiast” and the founding member of the university’s Alpine Club.

Taylor, who was from Richland, Washington, was described as “a person of incredible technical skill and even more incredible kindness, unmatched wittiness, and a passion for adventure that could inspire anyone,” by staff members of ASI Poly Escapes, where he served as a trip leader.

The university said that they are in touch with Taylor’s family and are offering their full support to them and his friends.

“Our thoughts are with them as they grieve their loss,” Cal Poly’s statement read. “It is never easy to share news like this, and we know that processing this loss can be difficult for members of our community.”

The university is offering support and resources, including counseling and therapy, to those affected by the tragedy and are encouraging students and staff members to utilize them.

A California Polytechnic student who died during a trip to Big Sur has been described as “incredibly kind, enthusiastic and smart”.

Kenneth Taylor, a third-year student studying mechanical engineering, was found dead “in the pool at the base of the waterfall” at Salmon Creek, Big Sur on Saturday. Kenneth, who was from Richland, Washington, was on a trip to the popular seaside California town when the tragedy occurred, university officials confirmed.

Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong announced Kenneth’s death in an email sent to the Cal Poly community on Monday, saying it was due to “an accident during a trip to Big Sur.” “Kenneth was an outdoor enthusiast: He was a founding member of the Alpine Club, participated in activities with the Surfrider Foundation and served as a trip leader for ASI Poly Escapes,” Armstrong wrote in the email.

A California Polytechnic State University student who died during a trip to Big Sur has been described as “incredibly kind, enthusiastic and smart”.
Kenneth Taylor, a third-year student studying mechanical engineering, was found dead “in the pool at the base of the waterfall” at Salmon Creek, Big Sur on Saturday. Kenneth, who was from Richland, Washington, was on a trip to the popular seaside California town when the tragedy occurred, university officials confirmed.
Kenneth Taylor (left) was a third-year student studying mechanical engineering at California Polytechnic State University ( Image: kbwonders/Instagram)
“ASI staff described him as ‘a person of incredible technical skill and even more incredible kindness, unmatched wittiness and a passion for adventure that could inspire anyone.’” The university said that they are in touch with Kenneth’s family and are offering their full support to them and his friends.

“Our thoughts are with them as they grieve their loss,” the statement read. “It is never easy to share news like this, and we know that processing this loss can be difficult for members of our community.”

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to the San Luis Obispo Tribune that officers responded to the first report of a climbing accident at the waterfall at around 7.45pm on Saturday. Deputies at the scene found an individual who appeared to have died “in the pool at the base of the waterfall,” San Luis Obispo County Commander Stuart MacDonald said.

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