Friday, February 1, 2019

Forest Rangers Respond To Stranded Groomers

forest ranger logoNew 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.

Franklin County

Town of Waverly
Rescue: On January 22 at 3:30 pm, DEC received a call from Franklin County reporting that the operator of a disabled trail groomer was unaccounted for. Another groomer had previously made radio contact with the subject, but lost communication. With temperatures dropping and night setting in, a secondary groomer headed up the trails to locate the stranded operator. Not far into the rescue, the second groomer broke down and stranded its operator on the snowmobile trail. One operator managed to request assistance. Three Rangers and two DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) developed a plan to come in from the north and south to locate the missing operator. At 5:01 pm, ECO Favreau reported that he was with the operator of the remaining groomer near Benz Pond in the Madawaska Flow-Quebec Brook Primitive Area. The subject was prepared for cold weather and in good condition, and arrived back to the rescue assembly area by 5:36 pm. With a groomer disabled in the middle of the trail on a potentially dangerous corner, ECOs and Rangers decided to temporarily close the trail to avoid any serious injury by users until hazards were cleared by Franklin County’s groomers the following day.

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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