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
Wilderness Rescue: On November 30th at 12 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a hiking party reporting a 53-year-old woman who suffered a lower leg injury after slipping on ice on the Mount Van Hoevenberg Trail. Forest Rangers Robbi Mecus, Rob Praczkajlo, Kevin Burns, Sarah Bode, James Giglinto, and Jeffrey Balerno responded, along with New York State Police and Mount Van Hoevenberg staff. The search team located the injured hiker from Shelburn, Vermont, near the summit. She was packaged in a litter and carried to a Snowcat machine operated by the Olympic Regional Development Association. The Snowcat transported the woman to a parking area near the ski jump where she was turned over to the Lake Placid Ambulance Squad for further medical attention.
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.