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 Fabius
Wilderness Rescue: On November 27th at 4:05 pm, DEC’s Central Dispatch received a call from a hiker lost in the Highland Forest County Park with a hiking companion. The pair became disoriented while hiking the trails and concerned when it started to get dark. Forest Ranger Chappell arrived on scene at 4:50 pm. Along with members of the Fabius Fire Department, rescuers located the hikers from Liverpool and Fayetteville at 5:15 pm, and escorted them out of the woods.
Town of Fort Ann
Wilderness Rescue: On November 28th at 1:06 pm, Warren County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch requesting assistance for a 57-year-old male hiker from Clifton Park with a possible leg fracture one mile from the summit of Buck Mountain. Forest Ranger Lt. Ganswindt and three Forest Rangers responded to assist. After locating the hiker, the Rangers splinted his injured leg and proceeded to carry him to a waiting ATV to drive him out of the woods. Once back at the trailhead, the hiker declined further medical assistance and the incident concluded at 5:14 pm.
Be Prepared: Properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety webpage.