West Point cadet candidate dies in cliff-diving accident

The New York State Police investigated an accidental death in the Town of Hunter that occurred on Saturday, August 31 at approximately 11 a.m.

State Police responded to a 911 call of an unresponsive male at a routinely frequented cliff diving location known as Fawn’s Leap, off Route 23A. Investigation revealed, the victim was hanging onto a rock ledge when a portion of the rock broke from the ledge, causing the victim to fall. Life-saving measures at the scene were unsuccessful.

The victim was a Cadet Candidate at the United States Military Academy Preparatory School, located at West Point.


The victim’s name is being withheld for 24 hours per Department of Defense policy.