Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Missing 3-year-old found safe following multi-agency search in Otter Lake

forest ranger reportTown of Wilmington
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On May 13 at 8:55 a.m., a hiker called Essex County 911 about an angler with a possible broken leg off the Flume Trail System. Forest Rangers DiCintio, O’Connor, and Praczkajlo responded along with Wilmington Fire and Wilmington EMS. The 39-year-old from Canada said he had dragged himself from the water to the riverbank and waited for two hours hoping someone would find him.

The angler indicated his foot became trapped in the rapids and he had injured himself trying to get out from under a rock. When Rangers and Wilmington Fire reached the subject, they packaged him into a litter and carried him to the ambulance. Resources were clear at 9:30 a.m.

Town of Horicon
Warren County
Wildland Fire:
 On May 14 at 1:25 p.m., Forest Rangers Morehouse and Savarie responded to a wildland fire on Palisades Road in Horicon. The fire began as a structure fire but spread into the woods. Rangers were joined by three fire departments who got the fire under control by 5:30 p.m.

Wildland fire in Horicon

Wildland fire in Horicon. NYS DEC photo.

Town of Webb
Herkimer County
Wilderness Search:
 On May 15 at 10:55 a.m., 10 Forest Rangers joined the search for a missing three-year-old in the Otter Lake area on the border of Herkimer and Oneida counties. Rangers led the incident command. New York State Police used a drone and a K9 to support the effort. A passerby called 911 after spotting the child at a camp across Lake View Road. One of the volunteer searchers, who was also a family friend, heard the call and yelled the boy’s name. At 1:18 p.m., the volunteer reached the boy and brought him to his parents. Herkimer County Sheriff’s, Inlet Police, Old Forge Fire, Otter Lake Fire, Webb Police, Woodgate Fire, the State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement were also involved in the search.

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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7 Responses

  1. Charlie Stehlin says:

    A 3-year-old boy lost in the woods in this day and age! What with all of the devices, or whatnot, diverting our attention this is not to be unexpected. Indeed it is to be more expected now than ever before in our history. Recall the dad who left his two young children in the back seat of his hot car when he went to work some few years ago. Fatal distraction. It’s a serious health issue nowadays.

    • CJ says:

      Can you point me to the part that says the boy went missing because someone was staring at their phone? I can’t find it.

  2. Charlie Stehlin says:

    I cannot point to such CJ and also I didn’t imply, though it very well could have been, that a handheld device was the demon in this particular event. It was the first thing that came to mind though when I read the above I gotta say. Maybe it wasn’t a handheld device, electronic wizardry. Maybe it was one of the many other distractions…a tv, social media, a millionaire entertainer in a jersey passing a ball around in a field, a lit-up screen producing a thousand images per fifteen seconds, bombarding what’s left of our minds…… you know, things that cling, things that distract, things that throw us into a tizzy. I don’t really know but something’s up! We’re not paying attention CJ. A 3-year old just doesn’t walk off and of a sudden a search party is formed because mom and/or dad was being mindful; and though I am very much aware that it could very well be all innocent, I cannot help but think in this regard what with all of the other mindlessness sprouting up on any given moment one day to the next! One minute to the next!

  3. geogymn says:

    CS, Have you ever had a 3 year old child?

  4. Charlie Stehlin says:

    Yes sir! And I sure as heck do miss that little girl who’s not so little anymore!

  5. says:

    Which area has the most current “Bigfoot” habitat seightings?

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