Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Missing 3-year old boy found by logger in Lewis County, rangers assist in search and rescue efforts

forest ranger reportTown of Watson
Lewis County
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
Herkimer County
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.

Rangers conduct swift water rescue training in the town of Herkimer. DEC photos.


Town of North Elba
Essex County
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 NYAdirondack 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.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

8 Responses

  1. Boreas says:

    I could always hike faster without a diaper. I hope the boy at least knew enough to avoid cotton!! Glad he was found safe. Story didn’t mention if the dogs were with him when found.

  2. Charlie Stehlin says:

    “I could always hike faster without a diaper.”

    All kidding aside Boreas (I like your humor by the way), and I say this due to experience (not regards me but with someone who was dear to me) we come into this world with diapers, and oftentimes we go out of it wearing diapers (if even our corpse is found). Any nurse will tell you that.

  3. Charlie Stehlin says:

    Pat Smith says: “one dog stayed with the boy and the other returned home later in the day.”

    > Yes, I was expecting to hear this initially after reading the report. This is not so very uncommon. Man’s best friend! All animals have an intelligence about them which is highly misunderstood, or not even acknowledged, too often. O’ the sad stories I can tell, and that are out there!

  4. Charles Stehlin says:

    By what you say above Bill I am reminded of what I recently discovered in an old paper in my collection titled, ”Diversities of Gifts” A Discourse Delivered in the Church of the Paternity, Chelsea, Mass. On Sunday morning November 23,1851 by Charles H. Leonard 1852

    Leonard is the one who instituted ‘International Children’s Day’ in 1856. He said, in this discourse:
    “One of our wisest thinkers has told us that we do not know all we can be. We do not know the ultimate of our powers – we do not know our entire being……”

    Tis so true!

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