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Young Climber Dies Ice Climbing in New York

He fell 90 metres during a day out with his father

An 11-year-old boy has died after falling 90 metres while ice climbing in New York’s Catskills Mountains. The accident occurred around 4 p.m. on Saturday in Platte Clove near the town of Hunter.

The boy was climbing with a group of climbers, including his father, and wearing ice-climbing gear. A helicopter was brought in to airlift him to hospital. By the time first responders arrived, forest rangers determined it was too risky to recover the boy’s body until Sunday.

Platte Clove is a narrow valley with a number of popular ice climbs in the winter. The boy’s name has not been publicly released. The Catskills are a popular climbing area with hundreds of climbs and guiding agencies. More information as it’s available.

Catskills ice climbing Photo Steve Roy