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 from the backcountry.
What follows are reports, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks.
Town of Harrietstown
High Peaks Wilderness
Lost Hunters: On October 24, 2015 at 9:40 p.m., Franklin County 911 transferred a call to DEC Central Dispatch reporting two lost hunters in the Harrietstown area. The 35-year-old man and 29-year-old woman, both from Tupper Lake, became disoriented along the Raquette River while hunting in the Western High Peaks Wilderness area. One of the hunters sent a text message to a friend indicating they were lost and needed help. The friend contacted Franklin County 911, which transferred the call to DEC. Two DEC Forest Rangers responded to the intersection of routes 3 & 30 in the town of Harrietstown, where the hunter’s truck was parked. Forest Rangers and a local K9 search and rescue handler entered the area and began the search. Rangers fired off a set of signal shots to help locate the pair. Those attempts failed so the Rangers exited the woods and entered a trail headed towards Trombley’s Landing. Rangers fired off another round of signal shots once in that area and the hunters responded back. Rangers located the pair a short time later and escorted them back to their parked vehicle. The incident concluded at 1:30 a.m. the following morning.
Town of Bolton
Lake George Wild Forest
Distressed Hikers: On November 1, 2015 at 5:19 p.m., Warren County 911 transferred a call to DEC Ray Brook Dispatch from a group of hikers requesting assistance. A 26-year-old woman and two 25-year-old women, all from Albany, NY and a 34-year-old woman and 28-year-old woman both from Brooklyn, NY were hiking Cat Mountain when it became dark and they were unable to continue on the trail. A DEC Forest Ranger responded and located the hikers at 7:25 p.m. The Ranger escorted the group out to the trailhead at 8:25 p.m.