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Rescuers Find Body After 12 Minute Search in Big Stream Gorge in New York

August 2 2004 at 10:59 PM
roger  (Login dipper)

Response to August 2004 Accidents/Rescues

STARKEY — State police Sunday morning recovered the body of the Irondequoit man who fell into the Big Stream Gorge basin.
Members of the state police Troop E Dive Team located drowning victim Remo DiGirolamo, 24, of Culver Road at 8:42 a.m. after searching for only 12 minutes.
State police from Dundee said DiGirolamo had been camping nearby and began walking along the creek bed around 3 p.m. Saturday with several friends, Erin Szostak, 30, Jason Szostak, 32, Mark Stackler, 30, Kristie Stackler, 27, Sarah Wollschleger, 24, Mattew Wollschleger, 24, and Meghan Bundrock, 24.
Investigators said it was around 5 p.m. when DiGirolamo was walking along the edge of a waterfall that he slipped and fell into the basin, five miles east of Dundee near Route 14 in the Glenora area. Rescue crews arrived at 5:20 p.m. State police, the Yates County Sheriff’s Department and its dive team, Branchport Fire Department Dive Team and Dundee Rope and Rescue Team searched the waters at Big Stream until 8:30 p.m. when rescue efforts had to be called off because of darkness and dangerous conditions.
The search resumed at 8 a.m. Sunday, with the dive team going back to the Gorge around 8:30 a.m.
DiGirolamo was pronounced dead at the scene by Yates County Coroner Darlene Walsh, and his body was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan.
State police were assisted at the scene by the Yates County Sheriff’s Office, Dundee Volunteer Fire Department and Branchport Fire Department.
This was the second time in eight days that someone fell into the gorge. David Streeten, 19, of Corning, was pulled from the gorge July 23 after falling 40 feet. Streeten, a Binghamton University lacrosse player, suffered a severe head injury and is still listed in critical condition.
Dundee Fire Chief Tracy Miller said the area, which has posted “private property” signs, is a “very dangerous place” for walkers and rescuers, making a rescue during the night extremely difficult.

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