Rory F. Fay of North Creek, a guide for Hudson River Rafting Company, faces a charge of criminally negligent homicide, a felony, according to state troopers.
Fay was guiding two clients from Columbus, Ohio—Richard J. Clar, 53, and Tamara F. Blake, also 53—on a trip down the Indian and Hudson rivers. Before they made it to the Hudson, Blake and Fay were ejected from the raft, police say. Clar stayed in the raft and steered it to shore.
Fay, who is 37, swam to shore. Fay and Clar walked to Chain Lakes Road in the town of Indian Lake to get help finding Blake. When she could not be found, authorities were notified.
The accident had occurred at 10:20 a.m. State Police say they responded to a call for assistance at noon.
State Police spotted the body from the air in the Hudson River, about five miles downstream.
In a news release, State Police allege that “Rory Fay was intoxicated while transporting Clar and Blake on the rafting trip.”
Fay was arraigned before Indian Lake Town Justice Judy Durken and sent to Hamilton County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail or $100,000 bond.
Click here to read the State Police news release.