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.
Town of Newcomb
Rescue: On May 27 at 11 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch was notified of two hikers lost on the summit of Allen Mountain. One of the hikers, a 70-year-old Utica man, was suffering from exhaustion from the bushwhack hike to the trail-less peak. His hiking companion stayed with the Utica man while the other group members completed the 18-mile round trip to call for assistance. Forest Rangers Jacob Deslauriers and Del Jeffery located the men at 6:30 the next morning, approximately two miles from the trailhead. The two hikers had descended from the summit beginning the night before and were walking out slowly. After some fresh water and food, the two were escorted out of the forest by the Rangers and did not require medical treatment.
Search: On May 28 at 9 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Hamilton County 911 reporting five hikers who lost the trail on Snowy Mountain while descending. Coordinates from the 911 center placed the group about one mile from the summit of Snowy Mountain in a seasonal stream that leads to Beaver Brook on the north side of the mountain. By 11:30 p.m., Rangers Gary Miller and Jason Scott located the group and escorted the four New Jersey and one New York City residents back to their car by 12:30 a.m.
Town of Hope
Runaway: On May 26, three Forest Rangers assisted Hamilton County Sheriffs Deputies with finding a runaway 11-year-old from Wells School. The child ran off into the nearby woods, and within 90 minutes he was found walking along a road.
Town of Thurman
Search: On May 27, Forest Rangers assisted Warren County emergency services with finding a 77-year-old Thurman man who became disoriented while walking his dog on nearby logging trails. The Warren County dispatcher told the man to stay put and searchers would find him. By using his cell phone coordinates, it did not take long to track the subject. Within an hour, the man was found and escorted out of the woods.
Town of Fort Ann
Rescue: At 1:30 p.m. on May 30, Washington County 911 reported that a 27-year-old female was ill and needed assistance in the Shelving Rock area of the Lake George Wild Forest. A Forest Ranger was dispatched to the scene along with Fort Ann EMS. The subject was located at the Hogtown Parking Lot off Shelving Rock Road, given medical care on scene, and transported to a local hospital by Fort Ann EMS.
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.