Another Hiker Dies

Westfield woman dies in hiking fall at same N.Y. spot where Westfield teen died

Photos of Ezra Kennedy (center), the Westfield teenager who died when he slipped and fell while hiking the Kaaterskill Falls (pictured) on July 27, 2016. (Courtesy Donna Kennedy)

Photos of Ezra Kennedy (center), the Westfield teenager who died when he slipped and fell while hiking the Kaaterskill Falls (pictured) on July 27, 2016. (Courtesy Donna Kennedy)
Photos of Ezra Kennedy (center), the Westfield teenager who died when he slipped and fell while hiking the Kaaterskill Falls (pictured) on July 27, 2016. (Courtesy Donna Kennedy)

HUNTER, N.Y. — A 56-year-old Westfield woman died when she fell 100 feet into a ravine Friday while hiking in the same Catskills destination where a Westfield teenager fell to his death last month.

New York State Police Senior Investigator Pete Kusminskey identified the woman as Marcie Yates, according to the Register-Star. Kusminskey said Yates fell off a trail near Kaaterskill creek and was pronounced dead on the scene, according to the report.

“They were hiking on a line along the trail,” Kusminskey said. “It was very narrow.”

The report says Yates was staying with two other people at a campground nearby.

On July 27, Westfield teen Ezra Kennedy died when he slipped and fell 50 feetwhile hiking the Kaaterskill Falls, which are fed by the Kaaterskill creek.

Two women also fell and died in the area in the summer of 2014, and public access was restricted last summer while $450,000 in upgrades and safety improvements were made to the popular tourist destination, according to The Daily Freeman.

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