A 23-year-old Dutchess County woman fell to her death Tuesday night when she lost her footing at Kaaterskill Falls in the Catskills, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The woman had been at the edge of a cliff on top of the two-drop waterfall in the eastern Catskill Mountains when she fell about 155 feet. She died as a result of her injuries. DEC is withholding her hame until family has been notified.
A DEC forest ranger and environmental conservation officer responded to the scene last night, but were unable to recover the woman until early this morning using a high-angle rope system and stokes basket.
“DEC is saddened by this tragic accident and extends our deepest condolences to the individual’s friends and family,” said DEC spokeswoman Emily DeSantis. “Public safety is of the utmost concern and thus we want to remind the public that all posted signs should be obeyed and hikers should wear proper footwear. DEC continues to strongly discourage the public from straying from the well-marked trail and disregarding extensive signs warning about the significant dangers of going off the trail into areas that are steep and slippery.”
The accident is under investigation by state police and DEC investigators. The incident occurred in the Greene County town of Hunter.