Guide pleads guilty in rafting death

Monday, November 26, 2012
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— Guide pleads guilty in rafting death

An Adirondack whitewater guide pleaded guilty Monday to criminally negligent homicide and two other charges following the Sept. 27 drowning of a client, authorities said.

Court officials said 37-year-old Rory Fay of North Creek also admitted Monday to charges of aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and driving while intoxicated. Fay, who has been in jail since the drowning, faces up to a year in jail and five years’ probation under the plea bargain.

State police said he was drunk when he and 53-year-old Tamara Blake of Columbus, Ohio, fell out of their raft on the Indian River. Her body was found a few miles downstream in the Hudson River. An autopsy showed she drowned, despite wearing a properly attached flotation vest and helmet. Her boyfriend, 53-year-old Richard Clar of Columbus, also was in the raft.

Fay was a guide for the Hudson River Rafting Co., which a judge has temporarily shut down.

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