05/26/14 9:35am
05/26/2014 9:35 AM
The tree at the bottom of the bluff in Wading River, where Matthew Grimaldi fell Sunday evening. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

The tree at the bottom of the bluff in Wading River, where Matthew Grimaldi fell Sunday evening. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

As you walk east along Oakwood on the Sound beach at the end of Hulse Landing Road in Wading River, a fence stretching more than 100 yards contains signs warning beachgoers of the dangerous collapsing cliffs above.

But just beyond the fencing are several bluffs that, although steep, can be climbed by any able-bodied person seeking a thrill.

On Sunday evening, during a private Memorial Day weekend party on the beach, a climb up one of those bluffs turned tragic.  (more…)