Monday, December 3, 2018

Man Dies On Owl’s Head; Woman Rescued From Whiteface

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 Wilmington
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On Nov. 29, two Forest Rangers used snowmobiles and snowshoes to locate a 29-year-old Toronto woman stranded on Whiteface Mountain and in need of assistance. Within an hour of arriving at the trailhead, Rangers found the woman, provided basic first aid to ward off hypothermia, and transported her off the mountain. The hiker required no further medical treatment.

Town of Long Lake
Hamilton County
Wilderness Recovery: On Dec. 1, three DEC Forest Rangers assisted Long Lake Rescue Squad recover a 51-year-old Ontario, Canada man who had cardiac arrest on the trail to Owl’s Head Mountain. Members of the man’s group performed CPR but the man was deceased when Rangers and rescue personnel arrived at the scene. State Police and the Hamilton County Coroner will conduct a further investigation.

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. Tim-Brunswick says:

    And once again the residents of New York State will pick up the tab for expenses related to both rescues/recoveries….

    • Justin Farrell says:

      And once again a sour comment from Brunswick Tim…good one bro. One story has a happy ending, the other is extremely sad & unfortunate. Why not just leave it at that?

    • Paul says:

      I was there with my friend who passed away. Both he and I are SAR volunteers, and were more than prepared. His death was sudden, and sorry to burst your bubble, but he was covered by insurance. So your precious tax money won’t be affected in the slightest. I’m so very sorry if this is going to ruin your Christmas, God forbid you are a child who just lost their Father !!

      • Eric says:

        I’ve never met you nor your late friend Mark Earle but we certainly are kindred spirits and have likely traveled on many of the same paths. I just wanted to express my deepest sympathies to you at the loss of your dear friend and adventure companion. Don’t let the trolls mar the celebration of Mark’s life, nor dampen your desire to explore my beautiful state of New York. Like Mark said, the Adirondacks is my “Happy Place” too and I understand the bittersweetness of the time and place of his passing. On many of my own wilderness trips, I’ve wondered if I or my companions could handle any crisis and if we were prepared for any emergency. In truth, no matter what your experience or preparation, we never really are. But I always know that there is no other place I’d rather be. Another adventurer I once knew died tragically many years ago in the mountains of Tibet. When a colleague was clearly out his desk, the follow quote was found taped to the wall:

        “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
        -Hellen Keller

        An American friend

    • CJ says:

      Wow. I wish I could say I’m shocked that someone’s response to a tragic death would be to complain about money, but it’s 2018. The Almanack should consider barring commenters like this. It’s one thing to disagree with each other about current events, politics, policy, etc., it’s another thing to post comments that use a person’s death to argue a point about tax dollars.

  2. adirondackjoe says:

    And one day you need them?

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