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 Keene
Rescue: On April 13 at 2:05 pm, DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a request for assistance for a 62-year-old male from Clifton Park with a lower leg injury on Rooster Comb Mountain. Rangers and members of Keene Valley Back Country Rescue were dispatched and assembled for a carryout by 2:45 pm. Rescuers reached the subject at 3:30 pm. After administering basic first aid, the Rangers packaged the subject into a litter, and a carry-out commenced at 3:45 pm. The subject was carried down the trail, transferred over to Keene Valley Ambulance, and was en route to Elizabethtown Hospital for treatment by 4:45 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.