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 North Elba
Wilderness Rescue: On Sept. 10 at 6:41 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a hiker at Adirondak Loj. The hiker stated she assisted a 68-year-old male hiker from Rochester with a shoulder injury who was at the Scott lean-to in the eastern High Peaks near Indian Pass. The caller found the injured hiker who had fallen on the trail and, and after helping to stabilize the injury, put him in a sleeping bag in the shelter before going to the Loj to request help. Forest Rangers James Giglinto and Kevin Burns responded and reached him at 9:35 pm. They assessed the man’s injury and began to walk him out at 9:47 pm. Forest Rangers and the injured party arrived at the Loj at 12:36 am, where family members transported him to a local hospital for further care.
Town of Long Lake
Wilderness Rescue: On Sept. 13 at 4:43 pm, Franklin County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch from two lost hikers–a 63-year-old male from Erie, Penn., and a 73-year-old male from Newfield. Both had taken a boat across Long Lake to Plumley Point and hiked the Northville Placid Trail to Shattuck Clearing. The hikers walked the Pine Point Trail thinking it was a shortcut back to Long Lake. The trail ended at Cold River. The two men became disoriented and bushwhacked their way to a swamp. Through coordinates provided by Franklin County 911, Dispatch was able to approximate where the men were turned around. Forest Rangers James Waters and Robert Zurek responded to assist. Forest Rangers took a boat down Long Lake to the north end, where they used the coordinates to locate the hikers at 7:17 pm. After hiking out of the woods, Forest Rangers transported the men by boat to their campsite. Forest Rangers returned to the boat launch and the incident concluded by 10 pm.
Town of Horicon
Wilderness Rescue: On Sept. 13 at 9:01 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance for a 49-year-old female from Honeoye Falls. The woman was camping at Pharaoh Lake and suffered a head injury due to a fall. She had lost consciousness but regained it quickly. Forest Rangers Arthur Perryman and Charles Kabrehl responded at first light to assist the woman. At 7:45 am, the reporting party called to advise that the woman was stable. The Rangers were advised of this as they proceeded on the trail to Pharaoh Lake and, at 8:30 am, reached the woman and her companion. As a precaution, the Rangers gave the woman and her companion a ride out to the trailhead on a UTV. The woman advised she would seek medical attention on her own and the incident concluded at 11 am.
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.