Person pronounced dead after being found in Yuma palm tree

Yuma, AZ – 45 year old Leon Bretag was pronounced dead after being found stuck in a palm tree. Neighbors heard screams for help and discovered him high up in the tree. It is unclear how long Bretag was in the tree before being discovered and rescuers were called. Bretag was cutting palm fronds from the top of the tree and the fronds fell on top of him. He was found by the fire department unconscious, covered in palm fronds, and secured to the tree by his safety harness but still at a risk of falling. Once on the ground firefighters assessed Bretag’s condition and pronounced him dead at the scene. The Yuma County Coroner listed the cause of death as asphyxia.

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