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 Webb
Wilderness Rescue: On January 4 at 2:08 pm, a caller contacted Herkimer County 911 requesting help on the summit of Bald Mountain in the Ferris Lake Wild Forest. A Pittsford man was hiking with his wife when he slipped and fell on the icy summit and rammed into his 57-year-old wife. The woman sustained a left elbow dislocation injury. Herkimer County 911 dispatched Old Forge Fire/Rescue, a town of Webb Police Officer, and called DEC Ray Brook Dispatch to request Forest Ranger assistance. Five Forest Rangers and an Environmental Conservation Police Officer (ECO) were dispatched to help rescue the subject. Additionally, two Old Forge Rescue EMTs responded directly to the mountain and headed in to begin patient care. At approximately 4:28 pm, rescuers using rope lowering techniques began patient extraction. Due to extreme treacherous icy conditions under the snow, rescue efforts were slowed. At 6:07 pm, the patient was at the trailhead and transferred to Old Forge Rescue ambulance for transport to Utica hospital. All units were clear at 6:30 pm.
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.