Wednesday, July 5, 2023

12 year old separated from party in High Peaks Wilderness

DEC ranger rescue

Recent NYC DEC Forest Ranger actions:

Town of Santa Clara
Franklin County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On June 27 at 8:10 a.m., Forest Ranger Lieutenant Lapierre called Ranger Adams about a camper at Clamshell Pond reporting severe leg cramps while camping and canoeing. Assistant Forest Ranger (AFR) Colucci and Ranger Adams responded with an ATV, six-wheeler, and a canoe while Rangers Bronson and Corey followed in another six-wheeler. Ranger Adams reached the 45-year-old from Connecticut at 10:46 a.m. Rangers provided the subject with water and electrolytes and evacuated them on an ATV to another area of the campground where EMS was waiting. The subject’s son, who has a medical condition that prevents him from walking on his own, was safely transported to his father. The subject refused further medical care from EMS. Resources were clear at 11:53 a.m.

Pictured above: Rescue at Clamshell Pond

Village of Fort Ann
Washington County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On June 29 at 4:25 p.m., DEC Dispatch requested Forest Ranger assistance with a hiker who suffered a knee injury more than one and a half miles up Buck Mountain. Ranger Carabetta reached the 58-year-old from Oakland Gardens and stabilized his knee. Rangers Donegan and Nahor arrived with a wheeled litter and helped transport the subject to the parking lot. The hiker was released to his family and refused further medical care. Resources were clear at 9:15 p.m.

Town of Ticonderoga
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On June 29 at 4:53 p.m., AFR Phetteplace discovered a 17-year-old on the shore of Rock Pond. The subject from Pittsford had been swimming but was shivering and suffering from leg cramps that prevented him from walking. AFR Phetteplace and the swimmer’s companions helped warm the subject. Ranger Arnold also responded and assisted the swimmer to Putnam Pond where he was transported by boat back to his campsite.

Town of North Elba
Essex County
Wilderness Search:
 On July 1 at 2:44 p.m. AFR Patnode was alerted to a 12-year-old who became separated from her family near Adirondak Loj and had not been seen for more than an hour. Forest Ranger Lieutenant LaPierre and Ranger Evans responded. AFR Patnode located the subject in good condition near the junction of Street and Nye. Rangers reunited the subject with her family at 4:51 p.m.

Young hiker follows Ranger on trail in the woods
12-year-old hiker found by Rangers

Town of Arietta
Hamilton County
Domestic Incident:
 On July 1 at 8:45 p.m., Forest Ranger Lieutenant Kerr and Rangers Nally and Thompson responded to a reported domestic incident at Little Sand Point Campground. Rangers arrived to find two intoxicated adults accompanied by a 10-year-old child. Rangers turned the child over to other family members. The two adults from Salisbury Center were permitted to remain at the campsite overnight, before being evicted the following morning.

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. chris jay cohan says:

    I did not receive these updates years ago. This may have always been the case with these many ‘rescues’ etc. So, I may be way off base in my thinkin’. However, it seems way too often that some really unaware, distracted or down right irresponsible people are wandering within The Blueline.

    Maybe if they had to sign a waiver or a document declaring THEY ARE PREPARED or had to pay for rescue services they would smarten up?:-)

  2. John Staehle says:

    These men are great heroes as they work!

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