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Bystanders save visitor from drowning at Kaaterskill Falls

Sep 01, 2022 1:00 am

Rick Karlin is reporting for the Times Union that a visitor from the Bronx, who did not know how to swim, was rescued by bystanders August 28, at Kaaterskill Falls in Greene County. According to a state Department of Environmental Conservation report, forest rangers received a call at 1:15 p.m. reporting a person struggling in the middle pool below the falls. The 27-year-old person wandered into a deep section of the pool and could not stay above the water. Other visitors pulled the person out, and the individual, after being evaluated by rangers, walked out. They were taken by ambulance to Columbia Memorial Health in Hudson. Kaaterskill Falls, a steep and dramatic waterfall located in the Catskills outside of Tannersville, has been the site of several deaths over the years. Most occurred when a visitor slipped and fell or drowned in the pool at the bottom of the cascade. There have been enough problems at the site that the DEC in 2017 opened a new lookout area above the falls, which allows for safer viewing since visitors do not have to navigate the treacherous trail from Route 23A. Read the full story in the Times Union.

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