Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Recent Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Operations

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 recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks.

Essex County

Town of Lewis
Private Land

Distressed hiker: On June 17, 2016 at 2:52 pm, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance for a 73-year-old man from Stamfordville, NY who lost consciousness while hiking off Scriver Road. The man regained consciousness after a short time but still required medical assistance. DEC Forest Rangers responded to Scriver Road and located the man at 3:35 pm. They stabilized him and transported him to an area vehicle to an area hospital for additional medical treatment. The incident concluded at 4:15 pm.

Town of North Elba
High Peaks Wilderness

Injured hiker: On June 23, 2016 at 7:44 pm, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received report of a 17-year-old female from Scarsdale, NY with a knee injury on Allen Mountain. Her hiking companions helped her down the trail but they worried that they would not make it out of the woods before dark. They advised they were traveling toward the junction of Hanging Spear Falls. DEC Forest Rangers responded to Allen Mountain Trailhead at the Upperworks. Rangers located the hikers on the trail at 10:15 pm and escorted them out to the trailhead. The incident concluded at 10:40 pm.

Town of Newcomb
High Peaks Wilderness

Lost hikers: On June 23, 2016 at 9:21 pm, Essex County 911 transferred a call to DEC Ray Brook Dispatch from an 18-year-old male and 17-year-old female Odessa, NY reporting they were lost on Mt. Jo. They told dispatch they were near a sign that said “Indian Pass Summit.” Essex County 911 provided coordinates that placed the pair on the Indian Pass Trail near Wallface Mountain. Due to their location, it was more feasible to reach them from the Upperworks side. DEC Forest Rangers responded by 6 x 6 and made it to Wallface Lean-to with no sign of the hikers. At 11:54 pm, the pair called Dispatch and reported they were one mile past the Scott Clearing Lean-to heading toward ADK Loj. Against the instructions from Dispatch to stay at their location, the lost hikers decided to try to find the trail themselves. Forest Rangers from the south side were turned around and one Ranger from the north side met the couple at ADK Loj. After a brief interview and some safe hiking tips they were released. The incident concluded at 1:10 am on June 24.

St. Lawrence County

Town of Oswegatchie
Private land

Overdue kayakers: On June 26, 2016 at 4:21 am, DEC Central Dispatch received a call from New York State Police in Canton requesting assistance with a group of four overdue kayakers. DEC Forest Rangers responded to Little River in Oswegtachie where they were assisted by NYSP aviation to locate the group. They located the kayakers in good condition at 9:11 am and brought them out of the woods. The incident concluded at 9:30 am.

Be Prepared: 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.

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6 Responses

  1. Justin Farrell says:

    “Lost on Mt. Jo” & “Against the instructions of dispatch to stay at their location”….


  2. Bob Meyer says:

    i agree with Justin.
    they should be fined at least and have to play for any overtime incurred by DEC!

    • Boreas says:

      Sometimes it seems no cell phone coverage in the HPW would be preferable… But who hasn’t gotten lost between Mt. Jo & the Loj?? ; )

    • Todd Eastman says:

      I’m sure were a born expert…

      • Boreas says:

        No, but I hiked prepared because cell phones weren’t invented. I only hope their 1am lecture by the Rangers left an impression on them.

  3. Curt Austin says:

    You cannot ban inexperienced people. You cannot convert the inexperienced into experienced. You cannot guide all inexperienced people.

    Some people have a poor sense of direction. Some people cannot read maps. Some do not notice signs. Compass? GPS? Don’t be silly.

    This will happen again and again. Among other duties, DEC’s job is to save these people from strict Darwinism.

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