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 Schroon
Wilderness Rescue: On June 13th at 4:21 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call reporting that a woman at a tent site in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area was experiencing difficulty breathing, hives, and dizziness after an insect bite. Forest Rangers Arnold and Donegan responded and at 6:30 pm, Ranger Arnold advised that they made contact with the woman who started walking out with her father. The 34-year-old woman from Utica began to improve after a passing hiker gave her Benadryl. The Rangers escorted them the remainder of the distance back to the trailhead via a six-wheeler. At 7:40 pm, the hiker was back out to the trailhead and said she would seek further medical assistance on her own.
Town of Poestenkill
Wilderness Rescue: On June 10th at 4:13 pm, Rensselaer County 911 requested Forest Ranger assistance with an injured hiker at Barberville Falls. Once on-scene, Forest Ranger Jackson advised that the injured hiker was a 28-year-old woman from Schenectady who suffered a non-weight-bearing injury to her left leg. After an EMT provided first aid, the hiker was placed in a litter and carried across the Poestenkill Creek to a waiting UTV. She was then driven out to the road. The hiker declined additional medical treatment, indicating a friend would bring her to a local hospital for further care. All resources were clear of the scene at 6:30 pm. Also assisting with the rescue were the Poestenkill, Wynantskill, and Averill Park fire departments, and Mohawk Ambulance.
St. Lawrence County
Town of Clifton
Wilderness Rescue: On June 11th at 10:23 am, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Garmin Inreach Services reporting a 50-year-old woman from Vernon, New Jersey, with a broken ankle on the Olmstead Pond Trail, in the Five Ponds Wilderness. Three Forest Rangers and two Assistant Forest Rangers, along with the Cranberry Lake Rescue Squad and Star Lake Rescue, responded. Once on scene, rescuers splinted the hiker’s leg and she was carried out to a waiting rescue boat. The hiker was then transported across Cranberry Lake where an ambulance brought her to a local hospital for additional medical care.
Town of Mamakating
Wilderness Rescue: On June 11th at 5:30 pm, Forest Ranger Allwine overheard radio traffic from Sullivan County 911 dispatching New York State Police to a search for a missing man and eight children near Mamakating Town Park. Ranger Allwine responded and once on scene was informed the leader of the lost party went hiking on the red trail in the park and became disoriented. A member of Hatzolah was also on scene and acted as a translator with the hiker via cell phone. Cell phone coordinates obtained through 911 provided negative results. At 6:30 pm. Ranger Allwine located the lost group and escorted them out of the woods. All resources were clear of the scene at 7 pm.
Town of Shandaken
Wilderness Rescue: On June 11th at 9:45 pm, DEC’s Central Dispatch was contacted by Ulster County 911 requesting Forest Ranger assistance for an ATV accident at 146 Belleayre Ridge Road near Belleayre Mountain. A woman involved in the accident was approximately 400 feet down a ravine in a wooded area. Forest Ranger Martin responded along with local fire departments and EMS. Ranger Martin advised that the 47-year-old woman from Arkville suffered shoulder, leg, and hip injuries and was brought out by a fire department UTV to the Belleayre Ski Center. Her 63-year-old companion from Barnegat, New Jersey, also riding an ATV, suffered minor injuries. Both were transported to a local hospital for medical treatment and the incident concluded at 12:05 am.
Be Prepared: Properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety webpage.