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 Keene
Wilderness Search: On July 18th at 3:15 am, DEC’s Central Dispatch received a report that two 20-year-olds from Albany had not returned from a day trip to the Eastern High Peaks. The hikers’ last known point was the summit of Mount Redfield at 8 pm the previous evening. At 5 am, Forest Ranger Mecus located the hikers’ vehicle at the Adirondak Loj and began making search assignments. AFR Jackson was assigned to check Uphill and Feldspar lean-tos and then proceed to the summit of Redfield. At 7:10 am, AFR Jackson located the hikers at the Uphill lean-to. The pair became wet on their hike and decided to wait out the rain inside dry shelter for the night. AFR Jackson escorted the hikers back to the Lake Colden outpost where they were provided food, water, and dry insulating layers. At 11:30 am, the hikers were given a courtesy ride back to their vehicle and all resources were clear of the scene.
Town of Hunter
Wilderness Rescue: On July 17th at 12 pm, North-South Lake Campground staff received a call reporting an 83-year-old man had fallen while hiking the escarpment trail near Layman’s Monument. Forest Ranger Gullen, along with AFRs France and Lasselle, responded on foot. The hiker from Maryland had fallen approximately six feet down a rock scramble and received multiple abrasions to his torso and arms. AFR France treated the wounds while Ranger Gullen medically evaluated the hiker. No other injuries were present, and the subject was able to walk out under his own power. The group walked out approximately half a mile and the hiker was given a courtesy ride to his vehicle where he declined further medical treatment. All were clear of the scene at 2:15 pm.
Town of Inlet
Wilderness Rescue: On July 15th at 1 pm, DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officer Gates contacted DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch advising that he had overheard radio traffic regarding a 74-year-old subject from Hamburg with an ankle injury near the top of Black Bear Mountain. Four Forest Rangers and one AFR responded to assist, along with resources from Herkimer County. At 4:07 pm, Forest Ranger Hanno advised that Rangers carried the injured hiker to the trailhead where they were met by EMS. The subject was transferred to a waiting ambulance for transport to a local hospital.
Town of Arietta
Wilderness Search: On July 16th at 8:30 am, Forest Ranger Kerr located the vehicle of a group reported overdue from a camping trip on the French Louis Loop in the West Canada Lake Wilderness Area. Two additional Rangers responded to the trailhead to assist with a search. At 12:30 pm., Forest Ranger Scott advised he had located the group from Staten Island on the trail in good condition. The hikers took a wrong turn the previous evening, causing them to spend an additional night in the woods. Ranger Scott escorted the group out of the woods and everyone was back to their vehicles by 3:15 pm.
Town of Greig
Wilderness Rescue: On July 16th at 10:37 am, Forest Ranger Evans overheard radio traffic regarding a 61-year-old subject from Ashville injured while horse riding on a section of the Hiawatha Trail in the Otter Creek Horse Trail system. Ranger Evans arrived on scene and found the injured man lying on the ground unable to get up, complaining of severe rib pain. The man also stated he had been knocked out when ejected from his horse. Ranger Evans contacted Lewis County 911 and advised that the ambulance could back up from the main road close to where the injured man was located. The subject was loaded into the ambulance and taken to a local hospital for medical treatment. All units were clear of the scene by 11:06 am.
Read past Forest Ranger search and rescue reports here.