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Guide pleads guilty in rafting death

Guide pleads guilty in rafting death

An Adirondack whitewater guide pleads guilty to charges after client drowns.

Guide pleads guilty in rafting death

An Adirondack whitewater guide pleaded guilty Monday to criminally negligent homicide and two other charges following the Sept. 27 drowning of a client, authorities said.

Court officials said 37-year-old Rory Fay of North Creek also admitted Monday to charges of aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and driving while intoxicated. Fay, who has been in jail since the drowning, faces up to a year in jail and five years’ probation under the plea bargain.

State police said he was drunk when he and 53-year-old Tamara Blake of Columbus, Ohio, fell out of their raft on the Indian River. Her body was found a few miles downstream in the Hudson River. An autopsy showed she drowned, despite wearing a properly attached flotation vest and helmet. Her boyfriend, 53-year-old Richard Clar of Columbus, also was in the raft.

Fay was a guide for the Hudson River Rafting Co., which a judge has temporarily shut down.

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