On Friday, March 17 at about 1:25 pm, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Ray Brook Dispatch requested Forest Ranger assistance in the search for a missing snowmobiler last seen the previous night in the Moose River Plains, in the Central Adirondacks in Hamilton County.
Ten Forest Rangers started clearing trails from Cedar River Flow toward Inlet, and from Long Lake and Newcomb towards Indian Lake. After clearing these trails, Rangers moved on to the Seventh Lake Mountain Trail, working with Inlet and Webb Police.
Approximately two and a half miles from the Seventh Lake boat launch, Ranger Miller found footprints and spots in the snow where the subject had sat down.
At about 7:45 pm, Ranger Miller reached the 61-year-old from Plattekill, Ulster County, NY. The subject was able to get to his feet and get on Ranger Miller’s snowmobile. At 9:30 p.m., they reached EMS at the boat launch. Rangers also recovered the subject’s snowmobile.
The next day, on Saturday, March 18 at about 8:45 pm, Forest Rangers Lewis and Praczkajlo responded to a report of a lost snowmobiler near Nichols Pond in the town of Westport, Essex County.
A 41-year-old from Saddlebrook was riding off trail, left his snowmobile, and tried hiking out using the trails. At about 10:18 pm, Rangers found the snowmobiler and returned him to his group.
Then on Sunday, March 19 at about 11:10 am, Ray Brook Dispatch requested Forest Ranger assistance after a snowmobile accident between Ranger Headquarters at Moose River Plains and Indian Lake.
Ranger Lieutenant Kerr and Rangers Caswell, Geyer, and Snye responded with Indian Lake Fire. Rangers reached the 53-year-old from Greenwich, Washington County, NY, before noon and assessed their injuries.
Rangers packaged the subject and transported him down the trail to Cedar River Road where an Indian Lake Ambulance then took the patient to the hospital.
Photo: Snowmobile accident in Indian Lake (provided by DEC).
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