STRANDED AT KAATERSKILL FALLS!


On Tuesday July 25th, several individuals became stranded at Kaaterskill Falls in Hunter, New York recently due to flash flooding. Including 2 swimmers that ended up trapped inside the crevice of Fawn's Leap. Shivering from the cold until New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officers got to them. See the rescue video and pictures below.

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According to the National Weather Service, a Flash Flood Warning is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. On July 25th the flooding at Kaaterskill Falls hit hard and DEC Rangers carried out 3 successful rescue missions.

RESCUE 1 - Fawn's Leap, located just off of Route 23A, is where 2 people were stranded in a rock crevice, huddling with each other in an attempt to stay warm.

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DEC Rangers worked with the Twin Cloves Technical Rescue Team to set up a high angle rope rescue system to pull the two subjects to safety.

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RESCUE 2 - DEC Rangers worked with New York State Police, Greene County Sheriff's Office, Hunter Police, and Kingston and Tannersville fire departments to set up a swift water rescue system with an inflatable boat. One by one, each of the five stranded subjects was helped across the creek in the boat.

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RESCUE 3 - One individual found himself stranded, in 4 feet of water, below the lower falls at Kaaterskill. Ranger Peterson tied a rope to a tree, waded through the creek, and helped carry the subject across the water to safety.

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