Two Hurt in Separate Incidents at Kaaterskill Falls

HUNTER—Two recreationalists fell and suffered injuries on Sunday in separate incidents that were roughly five miles apart in the Kaaterskill Wild Forest, officials said.

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A medivac set to transport one of the victims at Kaaterskill Falls on Sunday. Photo by Palenville Fire Department.

In the first one, a 26-year-old female hiker lost her footing just after 1 p.m. and fell about 80 feet. According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, the woman was on an undesignated trail at the base of the upper falls.

The hiker, who was not identified, suffered head trauma and other injuries.

Several area fire departments and nine forest rangers took part in the victim’s rescue. She was airlifted to Albany Medical Center and was listed in fair condition, the DEC said.

About an hour later, a 27-year-old male who had been ice-climbing in the “Dark Side” of Platte Cove fell about 50 feet. He also suffered head and back injuries.

Some of the first responders tending to the first victim left the scene to rescue the male victim. He was walked out with the aid of a technical rope system. He also was transported to Albany Medical Center. His condition was not immediately known.

Both accidents are being investigated by the DEC’s environmental conservation officers.

The DEC recently completed a $750,000 project to enhance safety and improve public access at Kaaterskill Falls in Greene County, the site of several fatal accidents in recent years. In 2016, two people died while hiking in the area.

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