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Adirondack Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Highlights: 9/14-9/20/15

September 21st, 2015 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NYSDEC LogoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the backcountry.

“DEC Forest Rangers’ knowledge of first aid, land navigation and technical rescue techniques are often critical to the success of their missions,” said Acting DEC Commissioner Marc Gerstman. “Search and rescue missions often require Rangers to function in remote wilderness areas from rugged mountainous peaks to white-water rivers, and through vast forest areas from spruce-fir thicket to open hardwoods.”


Recent missions carried out by DEC Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks include:

Essex County
Town of North Elba – High Peaks Wilderness
Injured hiker: On September 16, 2015 at 11:30 a.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from ADK Loj reporting it had been notified of an injured hiker approximately 20 minutes above the Street and Nye Mountain junction on the Street Mountain trail. The 24-year-old woman from Cold Springs, NY fell and sustained a lower leg injury. DEC Forest Rangers responded to Adirondack Loj and reached the injured woman at 2:15 p.m. They provided first aid and she managed to walk out slowly with assistance. They returned to Adirondack Loj at 6:15 p.m. The woman drove herself to Adirondack Medical Center – Lake Placid for treatment.

Town of Keene – High Peaks Wilderness
Distressed hiker: On September 19, 2015 at 6:17 p.m., Essex County 911 contacted DEC Ray Brook Dispatch reporting a 23-year-old man from New London, CT in medical distress approximately ¼ of a mile up the Big Slide trail from the Garden parking area. 911 dispatched the Keene Fire Department and Keene Valley Fire Department and EMS at the time of the call. DEC Forest Rangers responded to the Garden parking area. Fire Department personnel, with assistance from Forest Rangers, loaded the man into a litter and carried him back to the trailhead. The Keene Valley Ambulance transported him to Elizabethtown Community Hospital for treatment. The incident concluded at 7:37 p.m.

Town of Keene – High Peaks Wilderness
Stranded climbers: On September 20, 2015 at 6:20 p.m., a 45-year-old female hiker from Corinth, NY contacted DEC Ray Brook Dispatch reporting that she and her climbing companion, a 52-year-old woman also from Corinth, NY, were unable to descend Cascade Falls. The pair climbed Cascade Falls with the intention of bushwhacking back to the main trail, but they became disoriented once they reached the top of the falls and determined they could not safely make it back down. DEC Forest Rangers responded to assist the women back down. They short roped and belayed them to the base of the falls and escorted them back to their vehicle at the Cascade Day Use Area. The incident concluded at 9:30 p.m.

St. Lawrence County
Town of Clifton – Cranberry Lake Wild Forest
Injured hiker: On September 14, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. a DEC Forest Ranger advised DEC Ray Brook Dispatch of radio traffic dispatching the Cranberry Lake Fire Department to Bear Mountain to assist an injured 65-year-old female hiker from Luts, FL. The Forest Ranger responded along with Cranberry Lake and Star Lake Fire Department personnel. The hiker had fallen on a root near the summit and sustained a lower leg injury. They carried the woman out in a litter to the trailhead. Cranberry Lake Rescue transported her to Clifton-Fine Hospital in Star Lake at 9:30 p.m.

Warren County
Town of Bolton – Lake George Wild Forest
Distressed hiker: On September 15, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. Warren County 911 contacted DEC Ray Brook Dispatch about a 65-year-old male hiker from Clifton Park, NY in medical distress on Cat Mountain trail, approximately 15 minutes from the Cat & Thomas Mountain trailhead. The man had hiked Mount Severance in Schroon Lake that morning and then met a friend to hike Cat & Thomas Mountains. As they were headed back to the Cat Mountain trailhead the hiker collapsed on the trail. One Forest Ranger responded along with members of the Bolton Fire Department and EMS. They carried the hiker back to the trailhead at 6:25 p.m. and Bolton EMS transported him to Glens Falls hospital.

Washington County
Town of Fort Ann – Lake George Wild Forest
Lost hiker: On September 16, 2015 at 11:33 a.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from the friend of a 30-year-old female hiker from Fort Ann, NY lost on the trail to Inman Pond. DEC Dispatch made contact with her by text message and she told them she was near the pond but not on the trail. DEC Forest Rangers responded to the Inman Pond trailhead off Shelving Rock Road where they located the woman’s vehicle. DEC Dispatch advised the woman to contact 911 to obtain her GPS coordinates, but the coordinates obtained were not usable.

Forest Rangers then used binoculars to scan Crossett Lake and located the woman. At 2:17 p.m. Forest Rangers established voice contact at the northwest end of Crossett Pond. They escorted her back to trailhead at 3:35 p.m. and gave her a courtesy ride back to her vehicle.

Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety and Adirondack Trail Information webpages for more information.

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Adirondack Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Highlights: 7/27- 8/3/15

August 6th, 2015 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NYSDEC LogoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the backcountry.

“DEC Forest Rangers’ knowledge of first aid, land navigation and technical rescue techniques are often critical to the success of their missions,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “Search and rescue missions often require Rangers to function in remote wilderness areas from rugged mountainous peaks to white-water rivers, and through vast forest areas from spruce-fir thicket to open hardwoods.”


Recent missions carried out by DEC Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks include:

Essex County
Town of North Elba – High Peaks Wilderness
Injured hiker: On July 29, 2015 at 5:02 p.m., DEC Central Dispatch received a request for assistance for an injured 23-year-old female hiker from Chicago, IL, located one mile from Indian Falls on the Marcy trail. DEC Forest Rangers reached the woman at 5:21 p.m. and requested a hoist. Additional Forest Rangers responded to the Lake Placid Airport for pick up. They hoisted the woman out near Indian Falls and a helicopter transported her to AMC Saranac Lake for treatment. The incident concluded at 8:30 p.m.

Town of Lewis – Giant Mountain Wilderness
Injured hiker: On July 30, 2015 at 4:46 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance for an injured 32-year-old female hiker from Washington, DC, located one mile in on the Rocky Peak Ridge Trail on Giant Mountain. The injured hiker and her hiking companions administered basic first aid and continued walking. DEC Forest Rangers reached the party at 6:00 p.m. and assisted the woman out to the trailhead at 6:36 p.m. The woman and her companions followed a Forest Ranger to Elizabethtown Hospital where she sought treatment. The incident concluded at 7:00 p.m.

Town of Lewis – Giant Mountain Wilderness
Lost hikers: On July 31, 2015 at 9:25 p.m., a passing motorist contacted DEC Ray Brook Dispatch reporting two girls at the Roaring Brook Trailhead off Route 73 had become separated from three other members of their hiking party. The three other members included a 53-year-old man from Hilton, NY, a 46-year-old woman and a 15-year-old girl, both from Kendall, NY, who were last seen on the Roaring Brook Trail. DEC Forest Rangers responded to the area and made voice contact with the missing hikers at 11:20 p.m. They located them, in good condition, at 11:30 p.m. The Rangers escorted the three hikers down the Roaring Brook Falls Trail and reunited them with the rest of their party. The incident concluded at 1:24 a.m. on August 1.

Town of Keene – High Peaks Wilderness
Distressed hiker: On August 1, 2015 at 8:44 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch overheard traffic on the radio from John’s Brook Loj reporting a 22-year-old man from Deruyter, NY in medical distress at the facility. DEC Forest Rangers responded to the Garden in John’s Brook Valley and entered the Southside Trail on ATVs. Rangers reached the man at 12:20 a.m. on August 2. They evaluated and treated him before loading him into a litter and transporting him out by ATV to Lockwood Field. Rangers transported the man to a Keene Valley Ambulance, which took him to Elizabethtown Hospital for treatment. The incident concluded at 3:20 a.m.

St. Lawrence County
Town of Clifton – Cranberry Lake Wild Forest
Distressed camper: On July 31, 2015 at 2:10 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance for a 59-year-old man from Staten Island, NY in medical distress on the Cranberry Lake 50 Trail. DEC Forest Rangers responded by boat and located the man at site #10. They transported him to a nearby DEC maintenance facility where a Cranberry Lake Ambulance took him to a nearby hospital for treatment. The incident concluded at 3:15 p.m.

Washington County
Town of Fort Ann – Lake George Wild Forest
Stranded hikers: On July 30, 2015 at 9:41 p.m., DEC Central Dispatch received a request for assistance for two hikers stranded at the summit of Buck Mountain. The 20-year-old woman from Corinth, NY and the 20-year-old man from Lake Luzerne, NY set out for a hike at 5 p.m. from Pilot Knob and reached the summit near dusk. As darkness fell they headed back down, but had difficulty locating the trail. The pair turned around and re-summited the mountain to call for assistance. DEC Forest Rangers responded and located the pair at 1:24 a.m. on July 31. Rangers escorted them out to Shelving Rock Road where New York State Police gave them a ride back to their vehicle at Pilot Knob. The incident concluded at 2:49 a.m.

Town of Dresden – Lake George Wild Forest
Lost hiker: On August 2, 2015 at 6:20 p.m., Washington County 911 contacted DEC Ray Brook Dispatch regarding a lost 19-year-old female hiker from Huletts Landing, NY on Spruce Mountain. Vermont State Police relayed the information about the hiker to Washington County 911. The woman had reached the summit and lost the trail while descending. DEC Forest Rangers responded. Her family located her in good health at approximately 8:20 p.m. and walked her out to the trailhead where a Forest Ranger waited. The incident concluded at 9:00 p.m.

Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety and Adirondack Trail Information webpages for more information.

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Adirondack Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Highlights: 5/18-24/15

May 27th, 2015 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NYSDEC LogoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the backcountry.

“DEC Forest Rangers’ knowledge of first aid, land navigation and technical rescue techniques are often critical to the success of their missions,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “Search and rescue missions often require Rangers to function in remote wilderness areas from rugged mountainous peaks to white-water rivers, and through vast forest areas from spruce-fir thicket to open hardwoods.”


Recent missions carried out by DEC Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks include:

Essex County
High Peaks Wilderness – Town of North Elba
Distressed Hikers: On May 21, 2015 at 4:08 a.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a hiker requesting medical attention for his companion, a 20-year-old female from Brooklyn, who was experiencing muscle fatigue and exhaustion. The hikers called from one of the Marcy Dam lean-tos. DEC Forest Rangers hiked into Marcy Dam and reached the couple at 6:00 a.m. Rangers evacuated the non-ambulatory woman by UTV to the intersection of South Meadows Road and Adirondack Loj Road where they were met by the awaiting Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Squad for transport to Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid. The incident concluded at 8:30 a.m.

High Peaks Wilderness – Town of North Elba
Injured Hiker: On May 23, 2015 at 5:18 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a member of a hiking party reporting a 65-year-old female from Oreland, PA with a possible lower leg injury. She had slipped in mud on the trail between Avalanche Lake and Marcy Dam. DEC Forest Rangers and the Marcy Dam caretaker were immediately dispatched. The Marcy Dam caretaker reached the hiking party at 6:02 p.m. and confirmed the injury. The hiker was carried out by Forest Rangers, the caretaker, and members of her hiking party. She was transferred to the Lake Placid Ambulance Squad at 9:46 p.m. for transport to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.

High Peaks Wilderness – Town of Keene
Distressed Rock Climber: On May 23, 2015 at 7:24 p.m., Essex County 911 transferred a call to DEC Ray Brook Dispatch reporting an uninjured 28-year-old female rock climber from Montreal, QC “stuck halfway down the slab” at Chapel Pond. The climber had “frozen” and been unable to continue up or down without assistance. DEC Forest Rangers, two technical rope climbers who volunteer to assist Forest Rangers with rope rescues, and personnel from Keene and Keene Valley Fire Departments responded. A technical rope climber reached the woman and was able to lower her 200 feet to safety. All units cleared the incident at 9:20 p.m. The climber did not seek medical treatment.

High Peaks Wilderness – Town of North Elba
Distressed Hiker: On May 24, 2015 at 4:54 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a 56-year-old male from Mount Sinai advising he was in medical distress on the top of Mount Colden. His call was dropped and Dispatch was unsure as to which side of Colden he was on. A DEC Forest Ranger and the Lake Colden caretaker responded from the Flowed Lands while the Marcy Dam caretaker responded to Lake Arnold. At 5:30 p.m. a second call came in from the hiker who was able to confirm he was on the Lake Arnold side. The Marcy Dam caretaker reached the hiking party at 7:02 p.m. and determined the man to be dehydrated and exhausted. After a brief rest, he was escorted to Marcy Dam. At 7:45 p.m., DEC Forest Rangers transported the hiking party out on a UTV from Marcy Dam to the intersection of South Meadows Road and Adirondack Loj Road. He was advised to seek medical attention if his condition did not improve. The incident concluded at 8:30 p.m.

Private Land – Town of Essex
Injured Hiker: On May 25, 2015 at 9:15 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance for an injured 15-year-old female from Montreal, QC on a private trail on South Bouquet Mountain. The hiking party was located approximately one mile in from the trailhead. A DEC Forest Ranger responded and reached the girl at 11:09 p.m. With the assistance of other hikers and the Forest Ranger the teenager was escorted back to the trailhead. She advised she would seek medical attention on her own. The incident concluded at 11:25 p.m.

Hamilton County
Sargent Pond Wilderness – Town of Indian Lake
Lost Hiker: On May 24, 2015 at 4:40 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a report of a 46-year-old male from Ilion, NY lost on Castle Rock Mt in the Sargent Pond Wilderness. The hiker advised he had reached the summit but may have turned off onto a herd path while descending. He had yelled for help and blew a whistle and no one responded. He contacted Hamilton County 911 and asked for assistance. DEC Forest Rangers responded and made cell contact with the man upon arrival. Rangers established voice contact quickly and located the man at approximately 5:30 p.m. in good condition. Forest Rangers escorted him down the mountain. The incident concluded at 6:00 p.m.

Hudson Gorge Wilderness – Town of Indian Lake
Distressed Hiker: On May 24, 2015 at 4:50 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a home owner requesting assistance for a hiker whose companion fell ill on the Ok Slip Falls Trail. The 26-year-old male and 26-year-old female, both from Ithaca, were descending the OK Slip Falls Trail when the woman began to experience medical distress. While she rested on the trail her companion went to get help. He arrived at the private residence and asked the home owner to call for assistance. DEC Forest Rangers responded and opened the Northern Frontier gate to the Ok Slip Falls Access Road. They reached the woman at approximately 5:45 p.m. She was brought back to the gate and verbally signed off on any medical attention. The incident concluded at 6:00 p.m.

Blue Ridge Wilderness – Town of Indian Lake
Lost Paddler: On May 23, 2015 at 8:45 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from the Indian Lake Fire Department requesting assistance in locating a lost paddler. While paddling on the Cedar River a 27-year-old from Amherst had become shaken up after being rolled in the water while going over Peasley Falls and decided not to continue down the river. His two companions, a 26-year-old from Rochester and a 26-year-old from Bolivar, continued downstream with his boat. After exiting the Cedar River they went immediately to the Indian Lake Fire Department to report the incident and believed their companion may be lost. DEC Forest Rangers responded and entered at two separate locations on the Cedar River while eight members of the Fire Department searched in the immediate area. Forest Rangers located the subject approximately three miles from where his companions had last seen him. Due to exhaustion, he had stopped along the river and set up a small area to sleep. The Forest Rangers escorted him out of the woods without further incident. The incident concluded at 4:30 a.m.

St. Lawrence County
Bog River Complex – Town of Piercefield
Distress Paddler: On May 18, 2015 at approximately 10:00 a.m., an Assistant Forest Ranger while on boat patrol near campsite #12 on Low’s Lake, was flagged down by the wife of a 55-year-old male from Middlebury, VT who was in medical distress. The woman had transported her husband in the bow of her solo canoe from the causeway located near Parker’s Island. The Assistant Ranger advised the woman to paddle to the shore. The Assistant Ranger and woman assisted her husband to a nearby residence. The Assistant Forest Ranger contacted DEC Ray Brook Dispatch at approximately 10:30 a.m. to request Long Lake Rescue be dispatched to the Sabattis Station parking area. The Assistant Forest Ranger transported the couple to the parking area where they were met by the Long Lake Rescue Squad for transport to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. The incident concluded at 11:30 a.m.

Washington County
Lake George Wild Forest – Town of Fort Ann
Lost Hikers: On May 18, 2015 at 7:51 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a hiker’s father requesting assistance in locating his daughter and her hiking companion who were lost on Black Mountain. The 29-year-old female from Averill Park and the 29-year-old female from Hayden Heights, NJ became disoriented after reaching the summit of Black Mountain. They informed Dispatch they were at the trail junction and could see Lake George and a sign to Black Mountain Point. DEC Forest Rangers advised the women to go to Black Mountain Point where Forest Rangers would pick them up by boat from Green Island. Forest Rangers reached the women by boat at 8:57 p.m. in good condition. Forest Rangers transported them to Hewlett’s Landing and back to their vehicle at Black Mountain Trailhead. The incident concluded at 9:30 p.m.

Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety and Adirondack Trail Information webpages for more information.

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Adirondack Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Highlights: 4/27-5/3/15

May 5th, 2015 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NYSDEC LogoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the backcountry.

“DEC Forest Rangers’ knowledge of first aid, land navigation and technical rescue techniques are often critical to the success of their missions,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “Search and rescue missions often require Rangers to function in remote wilderness areas from rugged mountainous peaks to white-water rivers, and through vast forest areas from spruce-fir thicket to open hardwoods.”

Recent missions carried out by DEC Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks include:

Essex County
High Peaks Wilderness – Town of North Elba
Lost Youths: On April 28 at 6:50 p.m., Essex County 911 contacted DEC Ray Brook Dispatch reporting two teenage girls lost in the vicinity of the railroad tracks near the Lake Placid Fire House. The two girls, both from Lake Placid, had been walking on the tracks toward Ray Brook at approximately 3:30 p.m. when they veered off the tracks following what they believed to be a trail. DEC Forest Rangers responded to the area. The girls had a disposable phone, so emergency crews could not obtain exact GPS coordinates. At 8:30 p.m. DEC Forest Rangers located the girls near the base of Seymour Mountain, approximately one mile down the tracks. Rangers escorted the girls, who were in good condition, back to the Lake Placid Fire House where they were released to their parents.

High Peaks Wilderness – Town of Keene
Injured Hiker: On April 29 at 6:40 p.m., a DEC Forest Ranger, on patrol in the High Peaks Wilderness, encountered an injured hiker. The 71-year-old man from Chaddsford, PA slipped on an ice slab near Rainbow Falls injuring his leg. The man walked out on his own to his vehicle, which was parked at the Ausable Club parking area. No further action was required. The incident concluded at 7:05 p.m.

High Peaks Wilderness – Town of North Elba
Overdue Hiker: On May 3 at 9:15 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received reports of an overdue hiker in the High Peaks Wilderness. The wife of a 50-year-old man from Fairport reported her husband planned to stay Saturday night at the Klondike lean-to, climb Yard and Big Slide, and return home Sunday. DEC Forest Rangers responded and located the hiker’s vehicle at South Meadow. After checking the Garden parking area in Keene Valley, Forest Rangers went in on the Klondike Trail. They located the hiker at the Klondike lean-to at 2:00 a.m. in good condition. The hiker decided to stay an extra night at the lean-to due to the physically demanding hiking conditions, which included a heavy snow pack and the fact that he had a broken headlamp. Rangers escorted him back to his vehicle at South Meadow at 4:00 a.m.

Hamilton County
Blue Ridge Wilderness – Town of Indian Lake
Lost Hiker: On April 30 at 2:10 p.m., a 52-year-old Latham man contacted DEC Ray Brook Dispatch reporting he was lost on the Rock Pond and Rock River Trail without any food or water. DEC Forest Rangers responded to the area and determined the man was lost on a snowmobile trail. They advised him to follow the trail markers and located him at 3:07 p.m. The Rangers escorted him back to his vehicle. The incident concluded at 3:30 p.m.

St. Lawrence County
Five Ponds Wilderness – Town of Fine
Lost Hikers: On April 29 at 1:37 p.m., two hikers contacted DEC Ray Brook Dispatch reporting that they had gotten lost while attempting to locate the fire tower in Wanakena. The 62-year-old woman and 75-year-old man, both from Ticonderoga, had apparently lost their way on one of the many logging roads in that area. DEC advised them to call St. Lawrence County 911 and request the coordinates of their location. DEC Forest Rangers located the pair at 2:52 p.m. in good condition and escorted them back to their vehicle. No further action was required. The incident concluded at 4:00 p.m.

Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety and Adirondack Trail Information webpages for more information.

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Adirondack Forest Ranger Search And Rescue Highlights: 3/2-3/8/15

March 10th, 2015 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NYSDEC LogoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the backcountry.

“DEC Forest Rangers’ knowledge of first aid, land navigation and technical rescue techniques are often critical to the success of their missions,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “Search and rescue missions often require Rangers to function in remote wilderness areas from rugged mountainous peaks to white-water rivers, and through vast forest areas from spruce-fir thicket to open hardwoods.”


Recent missions carried out by DEC Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks include:

Essex County
High Peaks Wilderness – Town of Keene
Injured hiker: On March 8, 2015 at 12:40 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from the hiking companion of an injured man on Lower Wolfjaw. The 32-year-old Schenectady man slipped while descending the mountain, resulting in an injury to his ankle that left him unable to walk. DEC Forest Rangers responded and reached the injured man at 4:11 p.m. They put a splint around his ankle and transported him to the Lower Wolfjaw lean-to at approximately 7:00 p.m. to meet additional DEC Forest Rangers on snowmobiles. The Rangers placed the injured man on a litter and towed him by snowmobile through the south side of John’s Brook to Smith Way. At Smith Way, Keene Valley Fire and Rescue Ambulance met the party and transported the injured man to Elizabethtown Hospital for treatment at 9:16 p.m. The incident concluded at 10:20 p.m. Fifteen DEC Forest Rangers assisted in the rescue.

Franklin County
Saranac Lakes Wild Forest – Town of Harrieststown
Lost snowshoer: On March 7, 2015 at 8:00 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a snowshoer reporting he was lost on a trail near Saranac Inn. The 27-year-old man from Saranac Lake, NY did not have a map or compass. He found his way to the railroad tracks but could not determine which direction led back to his vehicle. One DEC Forest Ranger responded via snowmobile, locating the lost man and returning him to his vehicle at 9:10 p.m. in good condition.

St. Lawrence County
Grass River Conservation Easement – Town of Colton
Injured snowmobiler: On March 7, 2015 at 10:00 p.m., Franklin County 911 informed DEC Ray Brook Dispatch of a snowmobile accident in the Town of Colton, St. Lawrence County. The accident happened on the 7A trail about 6 miles south of the snowplow turnaround on Massawepie Rd. One DEC Forest Ranger and the Tupper Lake Rescue Squad responded. A 49-year-old man from Flanders, NY was with two friends headed to the Long Lake area when his snowmobile veered off the west side of the trail, traveled down an 8-foot embankment and hit a small spruce tree. A member of the Tupper Lake Rescue Squad was on scene tending to the injured man when a DEC Forest Ranger arrived. They placed him on a backboard and covered him with blankets and heat pads. A trail groomer responded to the scene to evacuate the man, who was brought to an awaiting ambulance in the Town of Conifer at about 2 a.m. and then transported to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. Crews cleared the incident by 2:30 a.m.

Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety and Adirondack Trail Information webpages for more information.

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Adirondack Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Highlights: 11/17-11/23/14

November 25th, 2014 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NYSDEC LogoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the backcountry.

“DEC Forest Rangers’ knowledge of first aid, land navigation and technical rescue techniques are often critical to the success of their missions,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “Search and rescue missions often require Rangers to function in remote wilderness areas from rugged mountainous peaks to white-water rivers, and through vast forest areas from spruce-fir thicket to open hardwoods.”


Recent missions carried out by DEC Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks include:

St. Lawrence County
Boreal Wild Forest, Town of Colton
Lost Hiker: On November 19, 2014 at 7:37 p.m., DEC Central Dispatch received a call from St. Lawrence County 911 requesting assistance from DEC Forest Rangers in locating a lost hunter. A 21-year-old male from Potsdam, NY had entered the woods near the old Backwoods Inn on Route 56 in Colton and was last seen at 1:30 p.m. He did not show up at the designated time to meet his party. Two Forest Rangers responded to the location on Route 56, and quickly located the hunter by voice contact. The Forest Rangers escorted him back to where he entered the woods. He was evaluated by Colton Emergency Medical Services, and released to his party at 8:30 p.m. New York State Police and DEC Environmental Conservation Officers provided additional assistance.

Essex County
High Peaks Wilderness, Town of North Elba
Distressed Hiker: On November 21, 2014 at 4:20 p.m., DEC Central Dispatch received a call from a hiker advising that his companion, a 26-year-old female from Jericho, Vermont needed assistance on Algonquin Mountain. She had fallen into a river, was wet and it was turning colder. Two Forest Rangers on snowmobiles proceeded up the old Algonquin Trail while a third Forest Ranger set out on foot from the ADK Loj to Algonquin Junction. The woman was located half-way up the Algonquin Trail at 6:30 p.m. Rangers provided her with water and dry gloves and transported her back to ADK Loj by snowmobile, arriving at the Loj at 7:30 p.m. Her hiking companions met her with dry clothes. She declined medical attention on-site but was encouraged to seek a medical evaluation on her own. Her hiking party advised they would bring her to Adirondack Medical Center for treatment.

Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety and Adirondack Trail Information web for more information.

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Adirondack Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Highlights: 10/7-10/13/14

October 14th, 2014 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NYSDEC LogoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the backcountry.

“DEC Forest Rangers’ knowledge of first aid, land navigation and technical rescue techniques are often critical to the success of their missions,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “Search and rescue missions often require Rangers to function in remote wilderness areas from rugged mountainous peaks to white-water rivers, and through vast forest areas from spruce-fir thicket to open hardwoods.”


Recent missions carried out by DEC Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks include:

Warren County
Lake George Wild Forest, Town of Lake George
Lost Hikers: On October 11, 2014 at 6:20 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a report from Warren County 911 of three lost hikers on Tongue Mountain. The hikers, a 32-year-old female, a 33-year-old female and a 31-year-old female are all from Woodside, NY. The three women advised they were near a sign stating they were 4 miles to Clay Meadows. Two DEC Forest Rangers responded by boat from Green Island on Lake George. Based on GPS phone coordinates, the Rangers located the women near a private camp on Montcalm Point at 7:23 p.m. They were transported back to their hotel by boat and dropped off 7:57 p.m. The owners of the hotel advised they would bring the women back to their vehicle.

Essex County
Dix Mountain Wilderness, Town of Minerva
Overdue Hikers: On October 11, 2014 at 10:30 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a report of two men overdue from a hike near their campsite on the Boreas River in Minerva.

The two men, a 37-year-old male from Mechanicville, NY, and a 64-year-old man from Cohoes, NY left the campsite at 12:00 p.m. with the intention of hiking to a nearby pond. Three DEC Forest Rangers responded to the camping area and interviewed the reporting group. Initial witness statements led the Forest Rangers in the wrong direction. After checking three ponds and a local cave overnight without locating the two men, six more Rangers responded at first light.

Both men were located in good health on the opposite side of the Boreas River by a Forest Ranger at 7:45 a.m. on October 12. The Ranger walked the men out to their campsite. They had attempted to bushwhack to a pond but ended up on the opposite side of the river where they built a fire and spent the night.

Hurricane Mountain Wilderness, Town of Keene
Injured Hiker: On October 12, 2014 at 2:46 p.m., a 52-year-old female from Ithaca, NY sustained a lower leg injury while hiking Hurricane Mountain. The woman was unable to bear any weight, hindering her ability to hike out. Two Forest Rangers responded and New York State Police Aviation was requested to hoist her out. She was airlifted and taken to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake for further treatment.

Giant Mountain Wilderness, Town of Keene
Injured Hiker: On October 12, 2014 at 5:03 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call from a passing hiker reporting that a male hiker has sustained an injury while descending from Giant Mountain on the Giant/Ridge Trail. The 65-year-old male from Summit, NJ, fell and sustained his injuries as he was descending Giant Mountain. Two passing hikers stopped and assisted him on walking out to the trailhead. When the DEC Forest Ranger arrived on scene, the male was assessed and stabilized. Rangers assisted him to the trailhead where he met his wife and was taken to Adirondack Medical Center Lake Placid for further treatment.

Western High Peaks Wilderness, Town of Newcomb
Lost Hiker: On October 13, 2014 at 1:34 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook was contacted to report that a fellow hiking partner, 45-year-old male from Coram, NY, had not reached the designated meeting point known as Plumley’s. He was last seen at Cold River at approximately 10:15 a.m. DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook established contact via text message with the lost hiker ascertaining his location and relaying the information to the DEC Forest Rangers in the field. A Forest Ranger identified the location and advised other responding Forest Rangers he was half-way up Pine Brook Trail, where it parallels the Cold River. Rangers found the hiker in good condition. A Forest Ranger hiked him back to the Northern Boundary, Huntington, where another Forest Ranger was located. He was transported back to his family in Long Lake without further incident.

REGION 6

St. Lawrence County
Cranberry Lake Wild Forest, Town of Clifton
Lost Hiker: On October 12, 2014, at 7:02 p.m., a DEC Forest Ranger was contacted directly by Cranberry Lake Campground of a 47-year-old female from Kingston, ON, CA who was lost on a trail near the campground area. A Forest Ranger responded by boat and patrolled the shoreline near the campground until he located the woman. She was brought back to her vehicle without any further incident.

Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety and Adirondack Trail Information web for more information.

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