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N.Y. rafting company owner charged with endangerment

Associated Press - September 16, 2010 3:05 AM ET

INDIAN LAKE, N.Y. (AP) - The owner of a whitewater rafting company in the Adirondacks and an employee there have been charged with endangering several customers by sending them out on trips without a licensed guide.

Hamilton County authorities say Patrick Cunningham, owner of Hudson River Rafting Co. of North Creek, and rafting director Heath Bromley were charged with reckless endangerment in connection with two August whitewater outings on the Indian and Hudson rivers.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports that authorities say 1 of the cases involved 11 children from a New Jersey adventure program who got stuck in low water and had to hike several miles out of the woods after being sent on their excursion without a guide.

Cunningham has operated his rafting business for more than 30 years. He says no one was endangered and his business uses licensed guides as required by law.

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