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
Wilderness Rescue: On Sept. 12, a pair of hikers on Mount Marshall reported to Essex County 911 that one of them, a 69-year-old New Hampshire woman, had sustained a serious leg injury. The dispatcher told the pair to stay put until a Ranger arrived. Although dense clouds delayed access to the mountain, a Forest Ranger was lowered from a New York State Police helicopter to the site of the injured hiker during a break in the weather. The woman was hoisted into the helicopter and transported to Adirondack Medical Center for treatment within two and a half hours of the initial call. The lowered Ranger escorted the injured hiker’s companion to the Lake Colden Interior Cabin and the pair hiked out the next morning.
Town of Inlet
Wilderness Assistance: On Sept. 14, a 28-year-old Oswego woman reported to Hamilton County 911 that she was lost along the Black Bear Trail in Moose River Wild Forest. As two Forest Rangers responded to the hiker’s cell phone coordinates, one gave her directions by phone to a familiar location. Within 90 minutes, Rangers found the woman, and an hour later she was back at her car without need of further assistance.
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.