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Indian student drowns at Barberville Falls in tragic incident


Albany, NY, July 8, 2024: An Indian student from Trine University, Indiana drowned at Barberville Falls in Poestenkill, New York, on Sunday, July 7th, the last day of the long 4th of July weekend. The Indian Consulate in New York expressed deep sadness over the death of Sai Surya Avinash Gadde and extended condolences to his grieving family and friends.

The Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office reported that two men got into trouble while swimming at the falls. Multiple emergency crews responded to the scene, including the state dive team. While one man was successfully rescued by a good samaritan, efforts to save Gadde were unsuccessful.

The Indian Consulate in New York is providing necessary assistance, including the issuance of a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to facilitate the transportation of Gadde’s mortal remains back to India. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time,” the Consulate stated in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

Further details on the incident are expected to be released by the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office later today.

The Barberville Falls is a waterfall and nature preserve located in Poestenkill, New York. The fall flows into the Poesten Kill, which is a large creek that flows through Rensselaer County. 

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