Town of Watson
Missing Child Found: On May 11 at 10:18 a.m., Ranger Hanno overheard radio traffic about a missing three-year-old boy with two dogs, possibly in the woods behind a property in the town of Watson. Upon arrival, Rangers and sheriff’s deputies confirmed the child was not in the residence or outbuildings on the property.
The family regularly walks the trails behind the home, so crews began searching that area. Searching also took place across the street, where the child was last seen on a resident’s camera at 9:47 a.m., and a diaper was found further north of the home. At 1:45 p.m., a logger found the child approximately 1.29 miles from the family’s home, drove the child out to the road, and alerted a Ranger and deputy the child had been found.
The child was evaluated by Lewis County Search and Rescue and released to his parents. Resources were clear at 3 p.m.
Town of Herkimer
Swift Water Rescue Training: On May 13, Forest Rangers from DEC Regions 5, 6, and 7 gathered in the town of Herkimer to train in the waters of the West Canada Creek. This training is an annual refresher of the Swift Water Technician training program. Eighteen Forest Rangers refreshed skills about various river dynamic characteristics including eddies, hydraulics, pillows, strainers, and upstream and downstream “Vs.” Participants practiced wading, swimming, and crossing techniques used in swift water rescue operations. Tethered swimmer rescues were also performed. Additionally, Rangers tested their proficiency using inflatable kayaks to navigate swift water conditions.
Town of North Elba
Wilderness Rescue: On May 14 at 7:37 p.m., Ranger Praczkajlo responded to a report of an unknown medical event on the Jackrabbit Trail off McKenzie Pond Road. Along with Saranac Lake Rescue, Ranger Praczkajlo reached the 40-year-old from Saranac Lake and helped carry him out of the woods and so he could be taken to the hospital. Resources were clear at 8:54 p.m.
Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hike Smart NY, Adirondack Backcountry Information, and Catskill Backcountry Information webpages for more information.
If a person needs a Forest Ranger, whether it’s for a search and rescue, to report a wildfire, or to report illegal activity on state lands and easements, they should call 833-NYS-RANGERS. If a person needs urgent assistance, they can call 911. To contact a Forest Ranger for information about a specific location, the DEC website has phone numbers for every Ranger listed by region.