Hiker dies in incident at waterfall

Don Hare/Adirondack Daily EnterprisePart of a waterfall on Cascade Mountain is seen in May 2009.

KEENE — A Geneva man died Wednesday after a fall from Cascade Falls in the town of Keene.

Garsevan Bekauri, 23, was found dead Wednesday evening by a passing hiker, according to Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw.

Whitelaw said it appears Bekauri fell from the falls and that he was found dressed for hiking.

Police were notified of the death sometime after 7 p.m. State Police public information officers did not immediately respond to requests for more information Thursday.

The Keene Valley Volunteer Fire Department responded at 9:28 p.m., according to Chief Rusty Hall.

State forest rangers and wilderness rescue extracted Bekauri from the scene, Whitelaw said.

“At this point, there’s no suspicion of foul play,” he said.

Whitelaw said Bekauri’s family members have been notified of his death. An official cause and time of death has not yet been determined.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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