Death at Kaaterskill Falls

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Death at Kaaterskill Falls

New postby dave » Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:10 am

On Tuesday evening, July 29, 2014 a 23-year-old woman fell off Kaaterskill Falls. EMS and local fire companies were called to scene last night. She was declared dead at the scene. Local fire companies recovered her body from the base of the falls. Her name has not been released yet. More information to follow this report.

Update (07/30): The hiker has been identified as, Ariana Bedka of Wappingers Falls. She was visiting the top of the Falls with a friend around 7pm. Unfortunately, she was wearing flip flops. Witnesses stated that she tripped and fell, causing her to tumble over the Falls. She fell between 150' to 167' to the rocks below. The basin of water projects out further, so when people fall off the Falls they usually fall onto the rocks below.

It is important to wear appropriate foot wear, and NEVER stand on the very edge of the waterfall. Here is a guide on safety around waterfalls: http://www.catskillmountaineer.com/WF-safety.html
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Re: Death at Kaaterskill Falls

New postby kennykb » Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:14 am

Wow, this year has been a hellish one for people falling off KF and other parts of the escarpment.

Prayers for the family.
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Re: Death at Kaaterskill Falls

New postby mike » Wed Jul 30, 2014 8:36 pm

So sorry to hear the news. My condolences to the family and friends.
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Re: Death at Kaaterskill Falls

New postby Birdman » Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:48 pm

The Freeman reported today she was on a closed trail
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Re: Death at Kaaterskill Falls

New postby mtnclimber » Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:29 am

She was standing at the top of the Falls. Probably in front of the large rock. The trail from Laurel House Road isn't closed. The trail from the top to the base was closed about 20 years ago. I think the Freeman is confusing the side trail that takes you into the basin.
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