Teen Drowns After Jumping From Waterfall in the Catskills

He and a friend got caught in current at the base
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2023 2:00 AM CDT
Teen Dies After Jumping From Waterfall in the Catskill Mountains
A stock photo of the Catskills.   (Getty Images / lightphoto)

A teenager from New York City died after jumping from the ledge of a waterfall in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains on Tuesday afternoon. The Brooklyn 16-year-old and a friend both jumped from the Fawn's Leap waterfall, which is about 24 feet above the surface of the water, per Metro, and landed in the swimming hole below, but then began to struggle, the New York Post reports. "Both landed in the water near the south side of the base of the falls where the hydraulic current caused by the waterfall was too strong for them to swim out of," the Athens Volunteer Fire Department says in a statement.

Another swimmer came to their aid, but could only get to one of the two teens. The body of the 16-year-old victim was later recovered by divers. This was the third rescue to have been required at the swimming hole, which has become a popular spot for thrill-seekers, in recent weeks, Yahoo News reports. On July 25, multiple people were stranded there due to heavy rain causing floods in the area. The following day, rescuers had to rappel down a cliff face to help someone who was injured on the swimming hole's banks. (More New York stories.)

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