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DEC: Woman dies while hiking in Hunter | Greene County

HUNTER — A Dutchess County woman died this weekend while hiking in the town of Hunter, Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman Jeff Wernick said Tuesday.

The woman, who has not been identified by authorities, was 31, from Hopewell Junction, Wernick said.

At around 12:35 p.m. Sunday, Ranger Anastasia Allwine responded to an area of ​​Platte Clove Road after receiving a report of a fallen hiker, Wernick said.

Allwine called for help and State Police, Greene County Paramedics, Rangers Lt. Kevin Slade, Robert Dawson, Stephen Ellis, Katherine Fox, Daniel Jahn and Howard Kreft all arrived to assist in the rescue.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene by Greene County Coroner Hassan J. Basagic III, Wernick said.

Rangers conducted a technical rope recovery operation to retrieve the woman’s body, Wernick said.

The woman’s body was transferred to the custody of the Greene County Coroner.

The accident happened in an area near Bridal Veil Falls, Basagic said.

State police, who are handling the investigation, released few details about what may have caused the woman’s fall. State police recorded the incident in their blotter as an unattended death.

More than six hours later, all rangers were back on duty by 6:40 p.m.

This is the first hiking-related death in Greene County in 2022.

There were two fatal hiking incidents in the spring of 2021 in the town of Hunter.

In March, a Westchester County man died while hiking Becker Hollow Trail, and in May, a Yonkers man died after falling in Kaaterskill Falls.

Sunday’s rescue was the second rescue of the week for Greene County Rangers.

On May 18 at around 9:30 p.m., Greene County 911 requested ranger assistance after receiving reports that a hiker had been injured in the Kaaterskill Wilderness, Wernick said.

Allwine and Dawson made contact with the two unidentified hikers from Washington, DC, who were lost about half a mile from Long Path.

Rangers arrived from Steenburgh Road, joined the two hikers and helped the couple back to the trailhead.

The entire rescue took six hours, with everyone reaching their car at 3:30 a.m.

If anyone needs a ranger, whether for search and rescue, reporting a wildfire, or reporting illegal activity on state lands and easements, they should call 833- NYS-RANGERS. If someone needs urgent assistance, they should call 911.

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