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 Long Lake
Wilderness Rescue: On November 14th at 8:10 pm, Hamilton County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch requesting assistance with a search for an 82-year-old overdue hunter near Sagamore Lake. The hunter from Chittenango went out earlier in the day but had not been heard from since and his vehicle was still parked at Great Camp Sagamore. His son became concerned as night was settling in and called for assistance to locate his father. Forest Rangers Gary Miller and Jason Scott responded to the location to begin a ground search with other emergency responders. With fresh snow covering the wilderness area, the Rangers quickly found the hunter’s trail. At 10:08 pm, it was relayed that New York State Police were with the hunter back at his vehicle. The subject had walked out on his own, a bit later than planned.
Town of Benson
Wilderness Rescue: On November 16th at 9:38 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a man concerned he had not heard from his ex-wife who was late for an appointment. He last spoke to her at 2 pm, as she was leaving to hike an approximately 12-mile section of the Northville-Placid Trail between Benson and Northville. The caller suspected that the 36-year-old woman from Gloversville was hiking alone. He located her vehicle at the Benson Trailhead. Forest Rangers Ian Kerr, Andrew Lewis, and Jason Scott responded. At 12:43 am, Forest Ranger Kerr advised DEC’s Central Dispatch that they had located the woman who was experiencing pain in her right leg. The Rangers began walking her out of the woods. Once back at the trailhead, the hiker was transported to a local hospital by the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps for further medical treatment. All Rangers were cleared from the scene a short time later.
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.