updated 2/8/2010 6:40:28 PM ET 2010-02-08T23:40:28

A California woman fell about 60 feet to her death after she chased her dog off a cliff in the Mendocino headlands, authorities said.

The chief of the Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department said witnesses on Sunday saw the woman disappear over the cliff while running after her dog. Her dog had fallen about halfway down the cliff but was later rescued.

Danny Hervilla said the woman's body was recovered from a small, rocky beach area, where high tides and rough surf threatened to pull the body out to sea. Her identity has not been released.

Hervilla said the woman is the fourth person to die after a fall from the cliffs in the area in the past 18 months.

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