New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents throughout New York State. 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 Mansfield
Wilderness Rescue: On March 5th at 1:30 pm, Cattaraugus 911 requested Forest Ranger assistance in locating a man with a disability in a vehicle stuck on an unknown seasonal road. Approximately one-half hour later, Ranger Sprague located the 66-year-old from Little Valley lying in the snow with an unstable lower leg injury near Cattaraugus State Forest. Ranger Sprague provided a hypowrap to keep the subject warm and comfortable until the Cattaraugus Fire Department arrived with its tracked UTV. The subject was transported by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center. Resources were clear of the scene at 3 pm.
Town of Long Lake
Wilderness Rescue: On March 4th at 9:33 pm, Ranger Milano responded to the scene after hearing reports of a snowmobile that had fallen through the ice on Long Lake. New York State Police (NYSP) were already at the scene and had determined none of the subjects were seriously injured. Ranger Milano drove one snowmobile off the lake to safety. The Ranger and members of the Long Lake Fire Department put cones around the submerged snowmobiles for removal when conditions improve. Resources were clear at 11:53 pm.
Read past Forest Ranger search and rescue reports here.