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Updated Jul 16, 2012 - 10:28 am

Mesa teen falls to death off Maui bridge

NAHIKU, Hawaii -- An 18-year-old visiting from Arizona is dead after falling off a 40-foot cliff at a Maui bridge.

Maui police said Mathew Cote, of Mesa, suddenly lost his footing Sunday at Makapipi Bridge off the scenic Hana Highway.

Cote's father saw his son go over the guard rail to take a photo when he slipped and fell over the edge, onto some rocks and into a pond.

Police said Cote was underwater for up to an hour before rescue divers could retrieve him from the water.

He was pronounced dead at Hana Health Clinic.

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