Accident Database

Report ID# 878

  • Swim into Rock or Sieve
  • Does not Apply
  • High Water

Accident Description

High water on the Neversink River proved deadly for Fred Stewart, 24, on August 15, 2004. Stewart flipped in rapids near Old Falls and was sucked into a pin between two rocks. His friend paddled up but couldn't budge him. After local officers arrived on the scene, it took 10 minutes for them to extricate him. CPR was unsuccessful; he was pronounced dead at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris.

Gauge reading is from the daily averages for the 14th and 15th (; it is unknown exactly what the gauge was reading when Stewart and his friend were running the Gorge.

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