On Tuesday, August 8 at about 3:30 pm, New York State Forest Ranger Dawson responded to a call for a subject trapped under the water at Fawn’s Leap, at Kaaterskill Clove on Kaaterskill Creek, just above Moore’s Bridge in the town of Hunter, Greene County, NY, in the Catskills. The 16-year-old was part of a group of six who traveled from Brooklyn to swim at Fawn’s Leap. Heavy rainfall the previous night created strong currents in the swimming hole.
The teenager jumped 30 feet into the water hole and got pulled under by the current. A member of another group called 911. Ranger Dawson and Hunter Police arrived at about 4 pm and Dawson entered the water with a seven foot long rescue pole, but was unable to find the subject.
A New York State Police Diver searched the opposite side of the water hole and found the subject five feet underwater, pinned against a ledge. The swimmer was declared deceased by a Greene County Paramedic. Rangers and other volunteers packaged the victim into a litter and raised him using a low angle rope technique.
Fawn Leap is an approximately are 25-foot high cascade and a popular swimming location during summer. High waters and fast, strong currents are extremely dangerous and should be avoided.
Read past Forest Ranger search and rescue reports here.
Photo of Fawn’s Leap recovery of 16-yaer-old drowning victim on August 8, 2023 (courtesy DEC).