New York State DEC Forest Rangers and other search and rescue organizations are continuing to search for a man who fell into the Adirondack Park’s Ausable River near the Flume Trail System in Wilmington, Essex County, NY.
On Thursday evening, September 29th, NYS State Police and DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Essex County 911 reporting that a 68-year-old male fell into the West Branch of the Ausable River behind Hungry Trout Resort on Route 86.
State Police said that George M. Thevis from Atlanta, Georgia fell about 25 feet into the river after losing his balance. Local fire departments, EMS, Essex County Sheriffs and New York State Police all enaged in the search.
In the following days, State Police Dive and Aviation, K-9 units, and drone teams, as well as the Forest Ranger Swift Water Team and Wilmington and Saranac fire departments, worked to access pools and eddies by boat and utilizing rope systems to lower personnel into technical sections for underwater camera searches.
The search is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact State Police at (518) 563-3761.
Photos provided by DEC: DEC Forest Ranger Swift Water Team searches the Ausable River; and the Ausable River Flume.