New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. 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.
What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers.
Town of North Elba
Wilderness Rescue: On March 21st at 7:19 am, a caller contacted DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch requesting assistance to locate a 46-year-old woman from Greenwich who was overdue from hiking Marcy, Skylight, and Gray trails. The caller was concerned because the subject began her hike the day before at 4:30 am and had not returned. Three Forest Rangers were dispatched and located the hiker’s vehicle at the ADK Loj. New York State Police Aviation assistance was requested to fly the Four Corners, Summit, and Panther Gorge. Additional Rangers joined the search, as well as the Lake Colden Caretaker, who checked the area between Feldspar and Lake Tear of the Clouds. Attempts were made to ping the subject’s phone, with no success. As Forest Rangers made sweeps of the trails at higher elevations, Forest Ranger Sarah Bode located the hiker on the trail. The woman hiked out on her own power at 2:53 pm and was brought to AMC Lake Placid for treatment.
Be Prepared: Properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety webpage.