Press release on fallen hiker Friday at Kaaterskill Falls

posted by Bill Williams -

Town of HunterGreene CountyWildland Rescue: 

On July 6 at 4:50 p.m., DEC’s Central Dispatch received a call from a concerned citizen reporting that a young man had fallen from Kaaterskill Falls. 

The subject was visiting the Kaaterskill Falls area with a group. He separated from the group, and disregarding warning signs hiked off trail and went down the steep slope below the viewing platform. 

Due to the steepness and loose debris, the subject fell and slid approximately 40 feet. He managed to get down to the bottom of the steep slope and cross the stream to the trail. 

Assistant Forest Ranger Leslie Green located the subject at the bottom of the stairs and began patient care. Forest Rangers and local rescuers responded. 

The subject sustained injuries to his upper left leg and left arm. Rangers packaged the subject in a litter and carried him out to the State Route 23A trailhead where he was turned over to Hunter EMS for transport to Columbia Memorial hospital.

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