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Man injured at Kaaterskill Falls after leaving trail

Jul 12, 2018 7:45 am
Emily Masters is reporting for the Times Union a young man was injured July 6, after he hiked off the trail at Kaaterskill Falls and tumbled 40 feet, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said. A concerned resident called the DEC to report the young man had fallen. Forest rangers said he was hiking with a group when he walked away on his own. "Disregarding warning signs, [he] hiked off the trail and went down the steep slope below the viewing platform," the DEC said. The man quickly lost his footing on the slope's sharp angle and loose debris and he fell, sliding approximately 40 feet, suffering injuries to his upper left leg and left arm. Assistant Forest Ranger Leslie Green found the man at the bottom of the stairs and started to treat him, as other rangers and local rescuers rushed to the scene. The man was then carried to the Route 23A trailhead, where they were met by the Hunter emergency squad. The man was taken to Columbia Memorial for treatment. Several hikers have been injured and four have died at the Greene County waterfall in the last four years. Read the full story in the Times Union.
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