Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Man flees hospital, swims across Lake Colby to evade authorities

forest ranger reportTown of Bangor
Franklin County
Law Enforcement:
 On Sept. 6 at 5:45 p.m., Forest Ranger Russell observed a vehicle swerving over the center divider of State Route 11B. Ranger Russell pulled over the driver. When the driver opened the glove compartment, Ranger Russell saw evidence that there may have been a handgun in the vehicle. The driver admitted to having a 9mm handgun in his luggage. Ranger Russell called Ray Brook Dispatch to request New York State Police (NYSP) assistance.

The 36-year-old from New Hampshire was processed by NYSP on two felony counts of illegal possession of a firearm. Ranger Russell issued two tickets for vehicle and traffic law violations. NYSP issued a ticket for having an open alcohol container in the vehicle. Resources were clear at 8:29 p.m.

Illegally possessed firearm

Illegally possessed firearm. NYS DEC photo.

 

Hamlet of Raquette Lake
Hamilton County
Safety Detail:
 On Sept. 8-10, 13 Forest Rangers and five Environmental Conservation Police Officers provided a safety detail for the Adirondack Canoe Classic, known as the “90 Miler.” The three-day event runs from Old Forge to Saranac Lake.

90-Miler participants.

90-Miler participants. NYS DEC photo.

Town of Harrietstown
Franklin County
Wilderness Search:
 On Sept. 8 at 5:42 p.m., Forest Ranger Captain Burns and Rangers Corey and Rooney joined NYSP in searching for a patient from Adirondack Medical Center. The subject ran away from the hospital and swam across Lake Colby. At 6:14 p.m., Ranger Rooney spotted the patient running on the snowmobile trails behind the camp. The subject continued towards the railroad tracks where he was spotted by Ranger Corey. After a brief chase, Ranger Corey took the patient into custody and turned him over to NYSP, who brought him back to the hospital. Resources were clear at 7:11 p.m.

Rangers find Adirondack Medical Center patient

Rangers find Adirondack Medical Center patient. NYS DEC photo.

Town of Elizabethtown
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Sept. 10 at 4:29 p.m., Forest Ranger Quinn responded to a report of a hiker with a lower leg injury at Split Rock Falls. The 19-year-old from Michigan fell and was unable to walk out. Ranger Quinn set up a low-angle rope rescue system and worked with Keene Valley Fire Department’s Wilderness Response Team to place the subject in a litter. The Wilderness Response Team lifted her out to the road. Elizabethtown-Lewis EMS evaluated the patient, who was taken to the hospital by a friend. Resources were clear at 6:03 p.m.

Split Rock Falls rescue

Split Rock Falls rescue. (Photo courtesy of the Keene Valley Fire Department.)

Split Rock Falls rescue

Split Rock Falls rescue. (Photo courtesy of the Keene Valley Fire Department.)

Village of Fort Ann
Washington County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch requested Forest Ranger assistance with a hiker experiencing heat exhaustion on the Sleeping Beauty Mountain Trail. Rangers Carabetta and Nahor and local fire and EMS reached the 30-year-old from Saratoga Springs approximately one mile up the trail. The patient was nauseous and dehydrated. Rescuers provided treatment, placed the subject in a litter, and transported her to the trailhead where she was met by an ambulance. Resources were clear at 10:16 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.




8 Responses

  1. Dave says:

    Where is the story on the Lake Colby swimmer

    • Paul says:

      That is what I was looking for also..

    • Merry says:

      (see above):
      Town of Harrietstown
      Franklin County
      Wilderness Search:

      • Was just about to reply 🙂
        Wilderness Search: On Sept. 8 at 5:42 p.m., Forest Ranger Captain Burns and Rangers Corey and Rooney joined NYSP in searching for a patient from Adirondack Medical Center. The subject ran away from the hospital and swam across Lake Colby. At 6:14 p.m., Ranger Rooney spotted the patient running on the snowmobile trails behind the camp. The subject continued towards the railroad tracks where he was spotted by Ranger Corey. After a brief chase, Ranger Corey took the patient into custody and turned him over to NYSP, who brought him back to the hospital. Resources were clear at 7:11 p.m.

  2. Debbie Phillips says:

    Thank goodness for our DECand Forest rangers who do such a wonderful job helping out stranded and hurt folks out there. Thank you for a great job

  3. Paul says:

    The person had not committed any crime. How can authorities just chase him or her down and “put them into custody”?

    • Bill Ott says:

      Paul,

      If there were a crime, I’d bet it was the horrendous offense of swimming in a private lake. I suspect the suspect will now take up running.

      Bill

  4. Paul says:

    If you want to leave the hospital aren’t you free to leave the hospital, unless you are there under some sort of court order…

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