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State: No guide license renewal for owner of New York rafting company involved in drowning


ALBANY, New York — State officials have upheld a decision to deny renewing the guide license for the owner of an Adirondack whitewater rafting company involved in a customer's death three years ago.

The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports (http://bit.ly/1OFWDJs ) the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation upheld his agency's decision to deny Patrick Cunningham a renewal of his guide license.

In September 2012, a 53-year-old Ohio woman drowned after she fell out of one of Cunningham's rafts during an outing on the upper Hudson River. Authorities said the guide on that trip, Rory Fay, was drunk at the time. He later pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide.

Cunningham's company, Hudson River Rafting, was hit with a series of state disciplinary actions. Officials say he repeatedly sent customers on trips with unlicensed guides.

Information from: The Post-Star, http://www.poststar.com

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