INDIAN LAKE, N.Y. - State Police say a whitewater rafting guide was drunk when a 53-year-old Ohio woman fell out of his raft and drowned during an outing on an Adirondack river.
State police say Friday that 37-year-old Rory Fay of North Creek was charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide in the death of Tamara Blake, of Columbus, while rafting Thursday morning on the Indian River in Hamilton County.
At approximately 10:20 a.m., and while on the Indian River, police say Blake, Fay and 53-year-old Richard Clar of Columbus were ejected when the raft hit some rapids.
Clar was able to stay within the raft and eventually steer it to the shoreline. Fay was able to swim to the shoreline. The two then walked to Chain Lakes Road where they were able to obtain assistance.
Blake was unable to be located and authorities were notified before finding her body 5 miles downstream in the Hudson River. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.
Troopers say Fay is a licensed guide employed by the Hudson River Rafting Co.
He has been remanded to the Hamilton County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail or $100,000 bond.
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