Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Good Samaritan saves man & dog that fell through Hinckley Reservoir ice

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Long Lake
Hamilton County
Training: On Jan. 8, Forest Rangers Adams, Milano, and Odell participated in ice safety rescue training at the Long Lake Town Beach. Long Lake is a widening of the Raquette River where local ice conditions constantly fluctuate. A minimum of four inches of solid ice is the general rule for safety. However, ice thickness is not uniform on any body of water. Since ice thickness can vary on a lake, outdoor adventurers are advised to check the ice periodically to stay safe. More information about ice safety is available on DEC’s website.

Forest rangers take part in ice training

Forest Rangers Milano, Odell, and Adams at Long Lake ice rescue training. NYS DEC photo.

Town of Indian Lake
Hamilton County
Wilderness Rescue: On Jan. 11 at 2:52 p.m., Forest Rangers Caswell, Scott, and Snye responded to a call for a hiker having trouble making it down Snowy Mountain due to the cold and snow. The hiker’s 911 call dropped out before the operator could get his location. Rangers located the 20-year-old from Syracuse approximately halfway down the mountain. The subject was wearing a light winter coat and did not have mountaineering boots appropriate for conditions. Rangers provided hand and feet warmers, socks, a hat, gloves, and a light. After warming and hydrating the subject, the Rangers hiked with him to his car. Resources were clear at 5:50 p.m.

A forest Ranger helps warm up a hiker in winter

Ranger Snye warming hiker on Snowy Mountain. NYS DEC photo.

Town of Russia
Herkimer County
Ice Rescue: On Jan. 13, at 11:30 a.m., Forest Ranger Bills responded to a report of a dog that had fallen through the ice and a subject still on the ice at Hinckley Reservoir. The dog’s owner, a 59-year-old from Cold Brook, saw his dog fall through the ice and went after the dog in a kayak, which then overturned. When Ranger Bills arrived, a 42-year-old Good Samaritan from Cold Harbor had rescued the dog in a second kayak. The man was nearby and had seen the dog and his owner before grabbing a kayak and rope to pull the dog’s owner to shore before going back to get the dog.

Once the Good Samaritan had the dog in the kayak, he was so cold he couldn’t move. Ranger Bills put on ice rescue gear, brought a personal floatation device to the rescuer, and hooked a rope onto the kayak. Newport Fire Department and New York State Fire brought in water technicians and a rescue boat. Rescue crews pulled the second kayak safely ashore with the subject and the dog. Resources were clear at 12:30 p.m. Also assisting in the rescue were the Barneveld and Poland Fire Departments.

Forest Ranger conducts an ice rescue

Ranger Bills during Hinckley Reservoir rescue. NYS DEC photo.

Town of North Elba
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On Jan. 13 at 9 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a hiker who had fallen into the water approximately 2.7 miles from the Northville-Placid trailhead. The 26-year-old from Brooklyn was able to get out of the water and back on the trail, but was too cold to continue moving. At 9:42 p.m., Forest Rangers Corey, DuChene, and Rooney reached the hiker, warmed him, and helped him back to the trailhead.

Rangers conduct wilderness rescue on Northville-Placid Trail

Northville-Placid Trail rescue. NYS DEC photo.

Town of Corinth
Saratoga  County

Wilderness Search: On Jan. 14 at 5 p.m., Forest Ranger Nahor overheard radio traffic about a 13-year-old who jumped out of his bedroom window and ran into the woods. Ranger Nahor worked with a Saratoga County Sheriff’s Deputy to follow the teen’s footprints in the snow toward the Hudson River and then north near Millart Drive. The Ranger and Deputy found the subject trying to hide underneath a pile of brush. The Sheriff’s Deputy transported the subject back home. Resources were clear at 5:45 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.

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