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 Adirondack backcountry.
What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of a recent mission carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks.
High Peaks Wilderness
Town of Keene, Essex County
Injured Hiker: On February 28, 2015 at 4:30 p.m., Essex County 911 transferred a call to DEC Ray Brook Dispatch from a caller requesting assistance for an injured hiker on Porter Mountain in Keene. A 36-year-old man from the Bronx, NY sustained a lower leg injury after slipping on icy trail conditions and falling ten feet. The injured man was approximately 0.8 miles from Marcy Field. Five DEC Forest Rangers responded. Rangers reached the hiker at 5:30 p.m. He was belayed down icy sections of the trail and assisted to the trailhead. A member of his hiking party transported him to Elizabethtown Community Hospital for treatment. The incident concluded at 7:30 p.m.
Be Prepared: Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety webpage and Adirondack Trail Information webpage for more information about where you intend to travel. The Adirondack Almanack reports weekly Outdoor Conditions each Thursday afternoon.