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Delmar hiker dies in Catskill fall

State police are investigating the death of a Delmar man who died while hiking in the Town of Hunter.

Police say William J. Costello, 53, lost his footing and fell approximately 100 feet to his death while hiking in the Devil's Kitchen hiking area of the Catskills, which is located off of Platte Clove Road in the Town of Hunter.

State Police were assisted by N.Y.S. Environmental Conservation Police, N.Y.S. Forest Rangers along with Rope Rescue Teams from the Tannersville Fire Dept., Haines Falls Fire Dept., Palenville Fire Dept., Centerville Cedar-Grove Fire Dept., and Woodstock Fire Dept., all of which assisted in the complex removal of the deceased from the scene.

Police say Costello was "an inexperienced hiker and unfamiliar with the area."

Greene County Coroner Hassan Basagic responded to the scene and transported the deceased to be examined at Saint Peters Hospital.""

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