Home About Archives RSS Feed

Body of Bash Bish Falls Victim Recovered

EGREMONT, Mass. — The body of a Ghent, N.Y., man who slipped off a rock at Bash Bish Falls on July 28 has been recovered.

Authorities on Saturday were able to recover the body of 21-year-old Aiden Campion-Pratt from the waterfall at Bash Bish Falls in Mount Washington.

The body apparently became dislodged overnight by natural means from the crevice in which it had been trapped and was captured by netting placed in a pool below the crevice for just that eventuality.

The body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Holyoke for an examination on Sunday.

Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless said, "We are grateful that Aiden will be returned to his family and that a measure of closure can be theirs. Our gratitude also goes out to the many investigators and rescue personnel who made this possible."

Those involved in the search and recovery effort included members of the Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team, the state Department of Conservation and
Recreation, the Columbia County, N.Y., and Berkshire County sheriff's departments; state police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office; the Pittsfield, Egremont and Copake, N.Y., fire departments' Massachusetts and New York state police, the Columbia County and Berkshire fire coordinators, and Fastracs Excavating of Red Hook, N.Y
.

     

Body of New York Man Deemed Unrecoverable at Bash Bish Falls

EGREMONT, Mass. — First responders are unable to recover the body of a New York state man who fell at Bash Bish Falls on Friday night despite what authorities described as "heroic efforts."
 
Aiden Campion-Pratt, 21, of Ghent, apparently slipped off a rock and fell into the falls about 7:30 Friday night. Rescuers began searching for his body Friday evening and located him about 12:30 Sunday afternoon.
 
After 24 hours of effort, rescue personnel on the scene located the body by means of an underwater camera, but eventually came to the reluctant decision that because of the location retrieval would not be possible.
 
"Obviously everyone involved is heartsick in the ultimate outcome," Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless said. "These were great efforts, under difficult and dangerous conditions, that should be recognized, and I want to extend my personal thanks to the many agencies that worked together tirelessly. Special thanks goes to the Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation personnel, the office of Columbia (N.Y.) County Sheriff David Bartlett and Berkshire County Sheriff Thomas Bowler for their leadership and determined efforts. 
 
"So many agencies came together to work to one end that unfortunately could not happen."
 
Those involved in the search and rescue effort also included members of state police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office, the Pittsfield Fire Department, the Egremont Fire Department, the Southern Berkshire
Ambulance squad, state troopers assigned to the Lee barracks, the New York State Police, the Copake (N.Y.) Fire Department, the Columbia and Berkshire counties fire coordinators, and Fastracs Excavating of Red Hook, N.Y.
     
Page 1 of 1 1  
News Headlines
MCLA Men's Soccer Shut Out at Salem State
Williams Women's Soccer Earns Top Seed in Conference Tourney
Lanesborough Again Considering Joining Mosquito Control Project
1Berkshire Releases Report on Attracting, Retaining Millennials
North Adams Council Candidates Talk Economic Development, Crime
Central Berkshire Habitat Honors Volunteerism at Annual Meeting
Cheshire Had Looked at Joining Northern Berkshire School Union
Pittsfield Medical Associates Awarded Medical Leadership Role at Berkshire Place
Berkshire County Arc Hires Director of Brain Injury Services
Destination Williamstown Names New Director

Police Logs

Pittsfield Police

North Adams

Crimewatch Links

North Adams CrimeWatch

Stamford/Clarksburg CrimeWatch

Pittsfield CrimeWatch

Emergency: 911
Adams 413-743-1212
Clarksburg 413-663-7795
Cheshire 413-743-1501
Dalton 413-684-0300
Great Barrington 413-528-0306
Lanesborough 413-443-4107
Lee 413-243-2100
Lenox 413-637-2346
North Adams 413-664-4944
Pittsfield 413-448-9700
Richmond 413-698-3315
Stockbridge 413-298-4179
Williamstown 413-458-5733
West Stockbridge 413-232-7938
State Police  
Cheshire Barracks
413-743-
4700
Lee Barracks 413-243-0600
Shaftsbury, Vt., Barracks 802-442-3263

 



Categories:
Adams (60)
Alford (0)
Becket (6)
Cheshire (17)
Clarksburg (36)
Dalton (5)
Egremont (2)
Florida (6)
Great Barrington (22)
Hancock (5)
Hinsdale (3)
Lanesborough (24)
Lee (14)
Lenox (11)
Monterey (0)
Mount Washington (0)
New Ashford (5)
New Marlborough (1)
North Adams (196)
Otis (2)
Peru (2)
Pittsfield (232)
Pownal (13)
Readsboro (14)
Richmond (7)
Sandisfield (3)
Savoy (5)
Sheffield (2)
Stamford (30)
State (1)
Stockbridge (5)
Tyringham (1)
Washington (1)
West Stockbridge (1)
Williamstown (70)
Windsor (3)
Archives:
October 2017 (11)
September 2017 (16)
August 2017 (13)
July 2017 (19)
June 2017 (10)
May 2017 (13)
April 2017 (18)
Tags:
Drug Charges Heroin Missing Persons Break-ins Murder Cocaine Structure Fire Armed Robbery Mvi Shooting Crash Assault Motor Vehicle Accident Larceny Buglaries Firearms Assaults Police Injuries Robbery Motor Vehicle Veremko Accident Homicide Vehicle Drugs Police Investigation Rape Fire Fatal Stabbing Fraud Crime Watch Search Pedestrians
Popular Entries:
North Adams Woman Killed in Route 2 Crash
Great Barrington Crashes Leave Two Dead
North Adams Man Crashes SUV Into Home
Man Killed by Bull in Clarksburg
North Adams Man Arraigned on Child Porn Charges
Fatal Accident Closes Route 8 in Adams
Kincaid Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Rape
New Ashford Crash Turns Fatal for Williamstown Man
Cariddi Auto Sales Burns
Drug Ring King Sentenced to Cedar Junction
Recent Entries:
Superior Court Briefs: Oct. 16 - Oct. 19
Pittsfield Arraigns Second Suspect in Jones Shooting Death
Pittsfield Man Arrested For 2016 Murder
Superior Court Briefs: October 12.
Pittsfield Police Investigating Armed Robbery Of Nichols Package Store
Two Men Arrested in Great Barrington After Allegedly Showing Gun To Store Clerk
North Adams Police Investigating Home Invasion
Pittsfield Police Seeking Information on Liquor Store Robbery
Superior Court Briefs: October 2 - October 5
Pennsylvania Man Killed in MassPike Tractor-Trailer Accident