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Kaaterskill Falls claims a second life this season

Jul 31, 2014 7:40 am
Diane Pineiro-Zucker is reporting in the Daily Freeman a 23-year-old Dutchess County woman fell 180 feet to her death on an unmarked section of the Kaaterskill Falls trail in Haines Falls, Tues., July 29. The body of Ariana Bedka of Wappingers Falls was recovered from a ravine Wednesday morning. The accident was the second fatal fall on the trail this year. In June, a woman fell a shorter distance and died later at Albany Medical Center. According to accounts, Bedka was wearing flip-flops and either leaned too far and lost her footing or just slipped. State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk (KAT-chik) toured the Kaaterskill Falls area with local officials Sun., July 27, to discuss the dangers of hiking on the trail if unprepared for its steep and dangerous terrain. In a statement released after the accident Tuesday, Tkaczyk urged all hikers to stay on the marked trails and to wear appropriate footwear when hiking.