Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Rangers assist injured 90-Miler paddler, injured hikers in Hamilton, Essex Counties

forest ranger reportTown of Long Lake
Hamilton County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Sept. 8 at 2:45 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch requested Forest Ranger assistance for a subject with a possible arm fracture near the summit of Coney Mountain. Ranger Praczkajlo made phone contact with the hiker’s companions and suggested the group continue walking down the trail until a Ranger could meet them.

Ranger Milano met up with the group and determined there were two injured parties, but no broken arm. One of the hikers became disoriented due to medication. Rangers helped the hikers to the trailhead and resources were clear at 4:30 p.m.

Town of Newcomb
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Sept.10 at 10:45 a.m., Forest Rangers Quinn and Sabo were called about a hiker who injured their wrist near the summit of Couchsachraga Peak. Ranger Quinn spoke to the reporting party by phone and explained how to splint and sling the injured arm. Rangers met the subjects at Bradley Pond and hiked them out to the trailhead. The injured hiker was driven by a friend to Glens Falls Hospital. Resources were clear at 3 p.m.

Town of Long Lake
Hamilton County
Water Rescue:
 On Sept. 10 at 11 a.m., while working the Adirondack Canoe Classic – the ’90 Miler’ race – Forest Ranger Dicintio encountered an injured kayaker. Ranger Dicintio picked up the subject and transported them down Long Lake to a Long Lake Rescue boat. The subject from Syracuse was treated on Long Lake beach.

Town of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Search:
 On Sept. 11 at 4:45 p.m., Forest Rangers Curcio and O’Connor and Assistant Forest Ranger McLenithan responded to a report of a hiker with an unstable ankle injury on the trail descending Big Slide Mountain. At 5:30 p.m., Rangers reached the 26-year-old from Guilderland, splinted the injury, and helped her to the Garden trailhead. The subject advised she would seek medical treatment on her own and resources were clear at 6:30 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.

3 Responses

  1. Harv Sibley says:

    Thank God for our Rangers,

  2. Tim says:

    Calling rangers for sprained or even broken wrists? I know what it’s like, having broken mine twice. And a friend of mine hiked down McKenzie after breaking hers. I think the rangers have more important rescues to do.

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