Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Two dead found in Tenant Creek, accidental drowning suspected

forest ranger reportTown of Hope
Hamilton County
Wilderness Recovery:
 On Aug 19, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office notified Forest Rangers about two deceased subjects in Tenant Creek, Wilcox Lake Wild Forest. Ranger Thompson and Sheriff’s Office personnel responded. New York State Police (NYSP) interviewed the reporting party and confirmed the subjects were near the third set of falls.

Ranger Thompson, Sheriff Abrams, and Deputy Sheriff Braunius hiked in and confirmed the 24-year-old from Albany and 28-year-old from Scotia were deceased. Rangers Kabrehl and Nally and Sheriff’s personnel transported litters and NYSP investigators to the scene via Ranger ATV, Sheriff’s UTV, and Wells Fire tracked ATV. The subjects were packaged and transferred to a NYSP helicopter with the assistance of Lyme Timber Company employees. NYSP investigators transferred the subjects to the County Coroner. NYSP are investigating, but indicate the cause of death is accidental drowning.

Town of Indian Lake
Hamilton County
Wilderness Search:
 On Aug. 29 at 4 p.m., Forest Rangers were contacted by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office to assist in the search for a missing 77-year-old with dementia. The subject’s son-in-law saw his father at 12 p.m. Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene and searched nearby trails and roads. Five Rangers arrived and conducted searches of the area behind the residence. Ranger Milano coordinated search efforts with Environmental Conservation Police Officer (ECO) Newell and Sheriff’s Deputies to canvas local residences and businesses to obtain clues or a direction of travel. After completing several assignments, a command post was established at a local county facility. At 7:40 p.m., Ranger Nally located the subject in good health, walking on a small access road. Ranger Nally returned the subject to his family.

Town of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Search:
 On Aug. 30 at 11:30 p.m., Forest Ranger Lewis responded to a report of an overdue hiker. The subject’s friend said the 33-year-old from Lake Luzerne was a novice hiker and had planned to hike Gothics Mountain as a day hike with a return planned for 4 p.m. At 1:30 a.m., New York State Police found the hiker’s vehicle at the Roaring Brook trailhead. The subject signed the Lake Road register indicating he was going to Beaver Meadow Falls, so Ranger Lewis checked that area. At 7:10 a.m., the Johns Brook caretaker located the subject at a cabin on the property and brought him down the Garden Trail where Ranger Lewis escorted him back to his vehicle. Resources were clear at 9:30 a.m. If the subject had been prepared with a headlamp, proper footwear, extra layers of clothing, and navigation equipment, he would have improved his chances of completing the hike without getting lost.

Town of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Aug. 31 at 2:50 p.m., Forest Ranger Lewis responded to a report of an injured hiker near the summit of Giant Mountain. Ranger Lewis made phone contact with the subject’s husband, who reported wrapping the injured ankle. Despite the pain, the couple decided to continue slowly down the trail. At 5 p.m., Ranger Lewis reached the hikers, re-splinted the ankle, and assisted the pair down the trail. They reached the trailhead at 9:30 p.m. The husband took the 42-year-old from New York City to Adirondack Medical Center.

Giant Mountain rescue. DEC photo.

Giant Mountain rescue. DEC photo.

Town of Fine
St. Lawrence County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Aug. 31 at 5:05 p.m., Forest Rangers Baldwin and Benzel responded to the High Falls Loop in the Five Ponds Wilderness Area for a report of a subject with a possible leg fracture. The 66-year-old from New Jersey slipped on wet, rocky terrain and received a deep cut to the shin area. A group camping nearby bandaged the hiker’s leg and called for help. Star Lake and Cranberry Lake Fire and Rescue responded and requested a helicopter. Ranger Baldwin assisted with the evacuation. U.S. Army aviation personnel responded from Fort Drum and hoisted the patient for transport to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. Resources were clear at 8:35 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.




2 Responses

  1. Debbie says:

    Thank you for the summit photo I am 65&know my limitations,I’ll only hike halfway and let the yunguns take therisks beautiful view

  2. My thanks to Rangers and God for safely finding these people.Bless you all for your work in my favorite place. JoAnne Wood

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