Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Bad fall on Hamlin Mountain results in broken nose, other injuries

forest ranger reportRecent NYS DEC Forest Ranger actions:

Town of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Sept. 12 at 1:26 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call about a hiker who fell on the Cascade Trail and was unresponsive. Forest Ranger Lewis called the subject who explained he has a history of seizures. Ranger Lewis reached the 32-year-old from New Jersey by 2 p.m. and helped them to the trailhead. Resources were clear by 2:30 p.m.

Town of Wilmington
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Sept. 12 at 7:56 p.m., Forest Rangers Duchene, Lewis, and Praczkajlo responded to a call for two lost subjects on Hamlin Mountain. One of the hikers reported facial injuries from a significant fall. At 10:49 p.m., Rangers reached the two hikers and treated the 70-year-old from Olivebridge for a broken nose and arm and hand injuries. The hikers lost the trail on their way down from the summit and ended up in hazardous terrain. Due to the darkness, the hiker fell and slid 30 feet down a rock slab and hit his face on a rock. His hiking partner found him bleeding and called for help. After treating the hiker’s injuries, Rangers provided head lamps and helped the pair out of the woods. The hikers drove themselves to the hospital. Resources were clear by 1 a.m. Ranger DuChene and the two hikers explain their experience (video, 148 MB).

Ranger helping injured hiker in the dark woods
Hamlin Mountain rescue

Town of Chesterfield
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Sept. 14 at 2:47 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call about a hiker with a broken collarbone and fractured arm on Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain. Local Fire and EMS provided care to the 17-year-old. Forest Rangers helped transport the patient to an ambulance at the trailhead. Resources were clear by 6:30 p.m.

Town of Indian Lake
Hamilton County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Sept. 15 at 3:10 p.m., Forest Rangers Caswell and Scott responded to a report of a hiker with a possible hip injury on Snowy Mountain. Rangers joined Indian Lake and Speculator Fire and EMS to treat the 67-year-old from Gloversville. The hiker fell back and landed on her hip. Rescue crews stabilized the injury and loaded the subject into a wheeled litter. At 5:18 p.m., a Life Net helicopter met them at the trailhead and transported the patient to the hospital.

Rangers and EMS assisting injured hiker into a litter
Snowy Mountain rescue

Rangers and EMS carrying injured hiker out of woods in a litter
Snowy Mountain rescue

Town of Arietta
Hamilton County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Sept. 15 at 7:48 p.m., Forest Rangers Caswell and Scott responded to a report of a hiker with a knee injury on the Northville Placid Trail, approximately two miles from the trailhead. Rangers reached the two hikers by 9 p.m., helped the injured 41-year-old from Pittsford, and assisted the pair back to the trailhead. The injured hiker sought further medical care on his own.

Town of Pinckney
Lewis County
State Land Protection:
 On Sept. 16, Forest Rangers Hanno and Thomes conducted a stationary patrol on Mile Strip Road in the Tug Hill State Forest. Mile Strip Road is a seasonal road and part of the snowmobile trail system, but not open for ATV use. Rangers issued 10 tickets for illegal operation of an ATV/UTV.

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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