Authorities have identified the man who died Friday night after falling into the water at Bash Bish Falls as 21 year old Aiden Campion-Pratt of Ghent. The say the body has been found, but due to the extremely dangerous area it is located in, they are not able to retrieve it. Special equipment was brought in Sunday with hopes of pumping out some water, but that obviously was not possible. The man went into the water Friday night after slipping off a rock. He was seen going over the falls and did not come up. Massachusetts State Police are heading up the investigation. The body was located by an underwater camera about 12:30 Sunday.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--July 31, 2017
The body of a New York state man, who slipped off a rock at Bash Bish Falls Friday night, has been located.21 year old AIDEN CAMPION-PRATT, of Ghent, apparently slipped off a rock and fell into the falls about 7:30 Friday night. Rescuers began searching for his body Friday evening and located him about 12:30 Sunday afternoon.
After 24 hours of heroic efforts rescue personnel on the scene located the body by means of an underwater camera, but eventually came to the reluctant decision that because of the location retrieval would not be possible.Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless said, “Obviously everyone involved is heartsick in the ultimate outcome. These were great efforts, under difficult and dangerous conditions, that should be recognized, and I want to extend my personal thanks to the many agencies that worked together tirelessly.
Special thanks goes to the Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation personnel, the office of Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett and Berkshire County Sheriff Tomas Bowler for their leadership and determined efforts. So many agencies came together to work to one end that unfortunately could not happen.
”Those involved in the search and rescue effort included members of the Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Columbia County, New York Sheriff’s Department, the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department, Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the District Attorney’sOffice , the Pittsfield Fire Department, the Egremont Fire Department, the Southern Berkshire Ambulance squad, state troopers assigned to the Lee barracks, the New York State Police, the Copake, New York Fire Department, the Columbia County, New York Fire Coordinator, the Berkshire County Fire Coordinator and Fastracs Excavating of Red Hook, New York.