IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- The Irvington community is mourning the tragic loss of 17-year-old Tyler Rosenberg , who died while hiking during a family vacation at a waterfall in Vermont on Thursday.
At approximately noon on Thursday, Vermont State Police were dispatched to Hamilton Falls when it was reported that a hiker - later identified as 17-year-old Irvington resident Tyler Rosenberg - slipped on rocks and fell down a chute in the middle of a three-pool waterfall.
Witnesses said that Rosenberg was “attempting to cross the upper most pool of the falls where it spills over, when he turned his back away to find a better location to cross and slipped, causing him to fall into a chute that extends to the second pool of water below.”
In a statement , Irvington Superintendent of Schools Kristopher Harrison expressed his remorse over Rosenberg’s death and support for his family and the community as they continue mourning.
"The Irvington School District family is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of a valued member of our student body, rising Irvington High School senior, Tyler Rosenberg," Harrison said. "We are heartbroken by this tragic news, and the entire school community extends its heartfelt sympathy to Tyler’s family and friends.
“Tyler will be greatly missed by all who knew him. His passion and wonderful spirit were enjoyed by all in our community,” Harrison said. “Tyler’s talent were felt in the classroom, as well as on the baseball field and his sense of humor warmed the hearts of so many.”
According to the Vermont State Police, bystanders began CPR on Rosenberg, who regained a pulse and respirations before police extracted him and took him a mile down the road, where he was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.
Harrison added that counseling services would be provided by the school for any students, staff or community members that need assistance.
“The district encourages parents to speak with their children, when appropriate, about this news,” he added. “Any parent who has questions or concerns, can contact the main office at their child’s school for assistance.”
Rosenberg slid approximately 100 feet to the pool and sustained head injuries. After being treated, he was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly before 5:15 p.m. the same day. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.
“In Irvington, our strength is in our community,” Harrison said. “We will come together as a family to offer support through this difficult time.”
Memorial services have not been announced.