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Woman dies after falling from Kaaterskill Falls


 UPDATED: Josephine Torlish, 54, of Beacon, NY, died shortly after arriving at Albany Med.

KAATERSKILL FALLS, N.Y. – Four fire departments were called to the scene at Kaaterskill Falls on Saturday, where a woman fell almost 70 feet, and had to be airlifted to Albany Medical Center.

 As of Saturday evening, the woman was listed in critical condition at Albany Medical Center. Fire officials say she suffered from head injuries and possible internal injuries after falling almost 70 feet from Kaaterskill Falls in Greene County.

“People just got to be more careful and very vigilant on where they're walking,” said Stephen Tuomey, Tannersville Assistant Fire Chief.

Officials say the call came in around 1:45 p.m. for the incident. However, it is unknown what led the woman to fall.

“The trail itself is wide enough to walk in. There's a couple of spots where it's wide to pass somebody,” said Tuomey.

Tannersville Asst. fire chief Stephen Tuomey says it was a difficult rescue, with four different fire departments responding. 

“When you're carrying somebody out you are basically going four people wide. The trails are very rough,” he explained. 

Tuomey says this has been the fourth rescue since the trails have opened this season, saying these type of calls are becoming commonplace. 

“It seems to be a spreading thing around different parts of the area,” said Tuomey.

Last week, a woman was rushed to the hospital after she fell off a cliff at the Plotter Kill Preserve in Rotterdam. It took first responders almost three hours to hike her out of the ravine. There's no word on what led to the hiker's fall. 

“People just are not watching what they wear. They come in with flip flops or summer shoes. They're going to places they shouldn't be hiking. They are going off trail,” explained Tuomey.

Officials are not releasing the name of the woman. 

Haines Falls Fire Department, Palenville Fire Department, and Centerville-Cedar Grove Fire Department assisted in the rescue.

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