TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A 16-year-old boy has died after he fell roughly 20 feet into the Poestenkill Gorge in Troy.
Emergency crews were called in around 4 p.m. Tuesday from a group of teenagers who were swimming in the water at the Poestenkill gorge.
“An individual had fallen approximately 20 feet, hit his head, fell in one of the pools here and didn’t resurface,” Troy Fire Chief Thomas Garrett said.
Police identified the victim as 16-year-old Connor Reynolds. Divers from the Albany Fire Department and New York State Police searched the water for nearly two hours before they recovered his body.
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“He was found underneath a ledge,” Garrett said.
Friends and family gathered at the gorge while crews searched. They grieved with each other in shock and disbelief.
The gorge is a popular swimming hole, but authorities said they respond to accidents there every year despite the posted ‘No Trespassing’ signs. Friends of the victim said more needs to be done to enforce the rule because of how dangerous the area can be.
“It’s a beautiful spot, but it’s also very dangerous,” Garrett said.
In fact, just 20 minutes after the recovery scene was cleared, NEWS10 ABC spotted a group of friends heading down to the gorge with no idea of what had just happened.
“It’s just crazy,” Conner McLoughlin said. “We were just here two days ago. There was a bunch of people down there having fun. Things can go bad like that.”
“I’ve swam in the water before, yeah,” Angelina Grunge said. “There are just rocks and stuff. It’s really easy to swim around and hit your foot.”
“I’ve slipped here before, and luckily, I’ve caught myself,” McLoughlin said.