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Adirondack Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Highlights: 11/10-11/16/14

November 18th, 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:

Essex County

Hurricane Mountain Wilderness Area, Town of Keene
Lost hiker: On November 10, 2014 at 4:15 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook was contacted by a hiker and advised that a friend was possibly lost near the area of Big Crow Mountain. The hiker, a 48-year-old male from Trenton, NJ, had contacted a friend, stating he had lost the trail, and was advised to call 911. A DEC Forest Ranger contacted the hiker via cell phone and used the hiker’s cell phone coordinates to determine he was likely on Nun-da-ga-o Ridge. The Forest Ranger located the hiker at 6:45 p.m. and escorted him down the trail. He was back to his vehicle at 7:50 p.m.

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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