Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Body of possible drowning victim found in Cedar River Flow, 12-year-old injured by boat propeller on Raquette Lake

forest ranger reportTown of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On July 4 at 2:35 p.m., the Johns Brook Lodge caretaker contacted Ray Brook dispatch about a sick hiker on Yard Mountain. As Forest Rangers responded, the caretaker reached the hiker and reported the subject was experiencing persistent vomiting, weakness, and could not hold down water. Due to the subject’s significant heat stroke and location, Rangers requested New York State Police (NYSP) Aviation. Rangers on the ground packaged the subject and at 5:50 p.m., NYSP Pilot Kotronis and Ranger Lewis successfully hoisted the hiker to be flown to the hospital. Rangers on the ground walked the subject’s hiking partner nearly two miles back to his vehicle. Resources were clear at 9 p.m. Rangers checked on the subject the following day and he made a complete recovery.

Village of Fort Ann
Washington County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On July 5 at 4:24 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch requested Forest Ranger assistance with a lost hiker near the summit of Buck Mountain. Ranger Poulton found the 23-year-old from Troy and helped her back to the trailhead. Resources were clear at 7:30 p.m.

 

Town of Ohio
Herkimer County
Wilderness Search:
 On July 6 at 12:55 p.m., Herkimer County requested assistance in the search for a missing hunter. The 73-year-old and his son went into the woods to check on their hunting blind. The two became separated and the father did not come out of the woods. Over the next 24 hours, 13 Forest Rangers, four Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs), including a drone operator, one NYSP Officer and canine, and 14 volunteers joined the search. The Central Adirondack Search and Rescue Team, Boonville Search and Rescue, Poland Volunteer Fire, and Kuyahoora Valley Ambulance assisted in the search efforts. On July 7 at 10:45 a.m., a Ranger found the hunter along the Vly Brook drainage approximately 1.4 miles from his last known location. The subject indicated he lost consciousness at one point and became disoriented. The subject was evaluated by EMS and taken to the hospital by a family member. Resources were clear at 1:19 p.m.

 

Town of Long Lake
Hamilton County
Boat Incident:
 On July 6 at 3:22 p.m., NYSP contacted Ray Brook Dispatch about a child with a significant leg injury after being hit by a boat propeller on Raquette Lake. Forest Rangers Scott and Temple responded and worked with NYSP to interview the subjects involved. The 12-year-old victim from Philadelphia was tubing when he lost his grip and fell into the water. The operator of the boat circled to retrieve the subject, but lost a visual and hit him with the boat. After shifting the boat into neutral, the operator and passengers retrieved the subject and transported him back to the camp dock. Witnesses heard the screams, applied a tourniquet, and transported the subject to the town dock where they were met by Raquette Lake Fire and Ambulance Service. Herkimer County Life Flight flew the patient to the hospital. Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigator (BECI) Panipinto responded to the hospital to take statements from the victim and his mother. NYSP is handling the investigation.

 

Town of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On July 8 at 1 p.m., Forest Ranger Lewis responded to a report of a hiker with a lower leg injury on Cascade Mountain. Due to the hiker’s location and the nature of the injury, Rangers requested assistance from NYSP Aviation. NYSP Pilots Kneer and Oropallo flew in with hoist operator Ranger O’Connor. Ranger Praczkajlo hiked in to the subject, confirmed the unstable ankle injury, and prepared the 38-year-old for a hoist rescue. At 3:30 p.m., NYSP pilots Kneer and Oropallo and Ranger O’Connor successfully hoisted the subject and flew her to the hospital.

 

Town of Pinckney
Lewis County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On July 8 at 1:45 p.m., eight Forest Rangers responded to Inman Gulf on Tug Hill State Forest for a report of a hiker who fell into the gorge. At 3:20 p.m., Rangers set up a rope system to retrieve the 20-year-old from Fort Drum. With assistance from Lewis County Search and Rescue, Adams Center Fire, Rodman Fire, and Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, the subject was successfully raised to the top of the gorge where he was checked out by EMS. Resources were clear by 4:30 p.m.

 

Town of Newcomb
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On July 8 at 2:50 p.m., Forest Ranger Sabo received a call from Newcomb Volunteer Fire requesting assistance with a bicycle crash victim near Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest. Ranger Sabo opened the gate and escorted medics to the scene. The 71-year-old from Penfield was biking with his wife and a friend when he lost control of his bike. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and multiple lacerations and bruises. The patient was wearing a helmet, which likely prevented a more severe head injury. Ranger Sabo helped treat the injuries and Newcomb Volunteer Fire Chief Bush drove the patient to the trailhead. Newcomb EMS then transported the patient to the hospital. Resources were clear at 3:50 p.m.

 

Town of Indian Lake
Hamilton County
Water Recovery:
 On July 9 at 12 p.m., four Forest Rangers responded to Cedar River Flow for a report of a possible drowning. At 12:28 p.m., Ranger Scott located the body of a 78-year-old from Indian Lake. The subject was turned over to the Hamilton County Coroner. Rangers recovered the subject’s canoe. Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigator (BECI) Panipinto is leading the investigation.

Rangers recover canoe

Rangers recover canoe. NYS DEC photo.

Town of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On July 9 at 1:09 p.m., Forest Rangers responded to a call about a 13-year-old camper reported to be in anaphylactic shock on the Four Corners trail in the Eastern High Peaks. Due to the camper’s location and nature of his condition, Rangers requested assistance from NYSP Aviation. NYSP Pilots Kneer and Oropallo flew in with hoist operator Ranger Praczkajlo and Rangers Lewis and O’Connor. Ranger O’Connor was lowered down to the patient, who already received an epinephrine injection from camp staff. Ranger O’Connor prepared the camper for a hoist rescue. At 2:50 p.m., pilots and Ranger Praczkajlo successfully hoisted the subject and flew them to the hospital. The camper, who had not previously shown signs of a nut allergy, had a reaction to a granola bar.

 

Town of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Search:
 On July 10 at 12:45 a.m., Ray Brook Dispatch requested Forest Ranger assistance with a hiker who lost the trail after hiking Dial and Nippletop. At 2:50 a.m., Ranger Mecus reached the subject on Bear Den Mountain and helped the 59-year-old from Canada to Lake Road. The pair made it to the subject’s vehicle by 4:40 a.m. The hiker was unprepared for the hike, did not have a map or compass, was unaware of how long it would take to hike multiple peaks, and did not check the forecast.

 

 

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.




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