Hiker killed at Kaaterskill Falls

Sometime between 8:30 and 9:00 AM on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, Ezra Kennedy, age 17, from Westfield New Jersey fell off the 64′ lower section of Kaaterskill Falls. A call was made to 911 just before 9 AM. After falling he was unconscious, but still breathing. But, later he stopped breathing and didn’t have a pulse. First Responders performed CPR, but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at Kaaterskill Falls where he fell.

Ezra was hiking with family and friends from Rt 23a to the base of Kaaterskill Falls. Ezra decided that he would climb the steps to the middle basin, and pose at the edge of the second tier of Kaaterskill Falls so that his friends at the base could get a good picture of him. Unfortunately, the wet rock on most waterfalls of the Catskill Mountains have algae on the rocks, and it is very slippery. He fell off the 64′ waterfalls to the base of Kaaterskill Falls.

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For more information about Kaaterskill Falls: http://www.catskillmountaineer.com/WF-LC-KF.html

Waterfall Safety Guide: http://www.catskillmountaineer.com/WF-safety.html

The following government agencies are know to us to have responded to the accident:
Twin Clove Rope Rescue Team
Greene County Paramedics
NYS DEC Rangers
Tannersville Fire Dept
New York State Police

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