Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Rangers respond to Speculator snowmobile crash

forest ranger reportsRecent NYS DEC Forest Ranger actions:

Village of Speculator (Lake Pleasant)
Hamilton County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Jan. 30 at 2:35 p.m., Forest Ranger Lt. Kallen received a call from Hamilton County 911 reporting a snowmobile accident in the area of Hatchery Brook Road. Coordinates placed the snowmobiler approximately five miles into the trail system from the nearest road. The 41-year-old woman from Wallington, New Jersey, reportedly lost control of the snowmobile and crashed into trees off the side of the trail, dislocating her shoulder. Forest Ranger Lt. Kallen, along with Forest Rangers Thompson and Kerr, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputies, Speculator Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and medics from Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps, responded to assist. Once on scene, medics were able to safely provide first aid to the woman. She was then packaged up and evacuated to a waiting ambulance for transport to a local hospital for further medical treatment. Forest Rangers and Hamilton County Deputies remained on scene to conduct the accident investigation and remove the snowmobile.

Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hike Smart NYAdirondack Backcountry Information and Catskill Backcountry Information webpages for more information.

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20 Responses

  1. Eric says:

    Question . Who pays for these rescues involving residents of other states and countries ?

    • Todd Eastman says:

      Who pays for your lifestyle?

      Visitors help with your tax burden on many levels…?

      • Eric says:

        But snowmobiles ,the vehicles that haul them , SAR Vehicles all add unnecessary carbon to the atmosphere , which cost us all. We shouldn’t be encouraging it .

        • JohnL says:

          Who decides what’s ‘necessary’ carbon and what isn’t, Eric. You??? Very arrogant. And typical, I might add.

        • JoeB says:

          Interesting comment Eric. Just wondering though. Would you say the same thing if a hiker who suffered a life threatening injury or was not able to walk out and airlifted out of the backcountry by helicopter or carried by ATV and then driven to the hospital by another carbon producing vehicle. Oh,dont forget the rescue teams had to get to the trailhead by a carbon producing vehicle as well. You’re right Eric,Maybe we should reconsider using carbon emitting vehicals of anything to rescue those who suffer an injury in the woods. I think the state needs another regulation that states all rescue personnel can only extract an injured person out of the woods by foot and transport them to the hospital by horse and buggy. If they live they live if not,hey,at least are left no carbon foit prit. Great idea Eric !

        • Jeep says:

          Let me take a wild guess here Eric, you voted for biden, correct??

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  2. Eric says:

    Boy , you folks took it hook line and sinker . I knew you would , LOL .

  3. Charlie Stehlin says:

    You’re right Eric! People jump in accordance to their biases without putting any clear thought into what they’re jumping on. It is a very legitimate, and simple, question. It could be said that you’re questions intent was to stir up the pot, though I certainly didn’t take it that way. I’m a very curious person meself and it is not uncommon for me to throw out questions every chance I get, which is quite frequent. The writer in me always looking for wealth. My question would be (there I go again!), “What woman in her right mind would venture five miles into the wilderness on a sled by her lonesome on a winter day?” Wasn’t it known to her there’s varmints in them thar woods?

  4. JT says:

    We invite people here from out of state to recreate. When they get into trouble we rescue them. That is what we do, no matter the circumstances. Snowmobilers please be safe. We just lost a father and daughter up here in St. Lawrence County when their snowmobile went through the ice on Black Lake. People die every year because of thin ice or speed related accidents.
    My thoughts on the carbon issue being discussed here. When I make a trip to the ADK’s to hike, backpack or canoe, my automobile spews out CO2 from the tail pipe.
    I am part of the global warming problem. We can have a tendency to blame others for the problem. The only people I think have a right to blame others are the Amish.
    Even they use some fossil fuels but not nearly as much as the average American.
    Fact, burning of fossil fuels at the current rate is not sustainable in terms of global warming plus they are a finite resource, will run out some day. Knowing this, I want to be part of the solution so my next vehicle in a few years will be electric. Hopefully the grid can handle all the electric vehicles our new administration is pushing for. Plus we need a program for recycling the batteries so they do not end up in landfills.
    Was looking on the internet. There are companies now making electric snowmobiles.

  5. Charlie Stehlin says:

    “I am part of the global warming problem…….. Fact, burning of fossil fuels at the current rate is not sustainable in terms of global warming…”

    You’re a smart man JT and you have vision which we need more of. Global warming is not an illusion, and even if it is cyclic, which I doubt, the exhaust, or carbon emissions, we put out cannot be helping matters. I heard a scientist say some few years back that, through I think the carbon dating process, it has been shown that yes there has always been cycles…the earth warms, then cools again, then warms. The models are showing that now the level of warming is greater and the cooling cycle less if that is the way to explain what I heard. The data is there. Last I heard glaciers are disappearing and we’re breaking record highs every year, just this past year inclusive. That must mean something! Global cooling!

    I do my part too which I’m not sure matters anymore. This morning I was taking my early-morning walk and was reminded of why I feel that way, why I am not so sure it matters anymore. As I was walking I heard a car start up ahead of me. Nobody was in it. That’s the new thing! Start your car, or truck, with a remote from inside your house, let it run for sometimes half an hour, then come out and drive off in it. This said car runs for half an hour at least, and is still running when I am done with my walk. Half an hour is not my imagination. There was another car a few weeks ago in an empty lot near where I walk, that started up with nobody in it. Half an hour later during my last lap that car was still running with nobody in it.

    We should be creating technology to help resolve our problems not make them worse, but the opposite is taking shape. The optimist that I am I see no hope for us!

    • JT says:

      Charlie, Thanks for the reply.
      Smart, don’t know about that, would have chosen a career field like finance or something rather than Environmental if I was smarter.
      The climate science, cycles, modeling etc. can get quite complicated. I am aware of it but do not heavily invest mentally into all the specifics. I try to simplify it by just focusing on the absolute facts. That the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere is increasing. This data is obtained from measurements made from instrumentation. The modeling aspect is somewhat unpredictable. So just knowing the CO2 increasing has got to have an impact. The oceans absorb a lot of the CO2 but this creates a new problem whereby it lowers the pH.
      Living in the North Country, where traffic is relatively light, it’s hard to get the big picture. Take a drive from Portland Maine, through NH, Mass, Connecticut, NJ, PA, Maryland to DC. It is one big massive city with traffic driving 24 hours per day. Now add this to all the other major population centers around the world. How many gallons of gas and diesel is being consumed. Way more than we can comprehend.
      I am concerned but still have to live without getting too discouraged, enjoy life and try to make some personal adjustments for the cause. Hopefully the new administration get get us going in the right direction.

  6. Charlie Stehlin says:

    It is good to have a positive outlook JT. I try! I’m up and down on it. Living around people I see their bad habits regards the environment and I cannot help but think, ‘this can’t be good!’ Especially knowing that they are a microcosm of the whole. I know there are lots of good people out there doing good things as this site alone reveals and there’s organizations I support when I can and I know there is hope, but we’d better get on the ball soon as all the reports I’m reading aren’t looking good. Over-population is a part of the problem which we have talked about on this site in the past. Thanks for being out there!

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