Boy Missing After Family Goes Over Waterfall At New York State Park

The Lower Falls at Letchworth State Park in Castile, N.Y., is where seven members of a family went over Saturday. Five people have been rescued, one body has been recovered and one boy is missing. Photo courtesy of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

CASTILE, N.Y., June 13 (UPI) — Rescuers were still searching Monday for a boy missing after his family went over a 60-foot waterfall at Letchworth State Park in upstate New York two days earlier.

His brother’s body was recovered Sunday. Five other members of the family were rescued and transported to a Rochester hospital about 60 miles away.

The search by the State Police Dive Team and the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office will continue “as long as our resources can do it,” Maj. David Page of State Park Police said.

The unidentified Rochester-area family fell over the Lower Falls around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The five rescued, which included two adult men and three girls, had minor to severe injuries.

The Genesee River runs over three major waterfalls and through steep gorge walls in the state park.

Page said the group was playing in the water when someone slipped, which led to them all being carried over the falls.

Letchworth State Park is called the “Grand Canyon of the East,” according to its website.

Swimming in the river is prohibited throughout the park.


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