Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Teens get lost in Indian Lake woods, suffer mild hypothermia

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Indian Lake
Hamilton County
Wilderness Search: On Jan. 18 at 8 p.m., Forest Rangers Miller and Scott responded to a request from New York State Police (NYSP) in Indian Lake to help search for three teenagers. A resident alerted Rangers to footprints heading toward the lake. After checking the thickness of the ice, Rangers used snowmobiles to track the subjects and followed the tracks for approximately 1.5 miles until they left the ice and entered the woods of the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area.

 

Ranger Scott started tracking on foot for more than a mile, which continued back onto the lake and toward a set of islands, while Ranger Miller continued patrolling the shoreline. Rangers found the three subjects suffering from mild hypothermia and warmed the teenagers while Lieutenant Kerr and Ranger Snye found an area by Route 30 that could be reached by snowmobile. Rangers and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office helped transport the subjects and met up with Indian Lake EMS. The teens were then turned over to NYSP and their parents. Resources were clear at 12 a.m.

Town of Lake Pleasant
Hamilton County
Training: On Jan. 20, Forest Rangers Caswell and Snye conducted flat ice rescue and ice safety training on Lake Pleasant. Speculator Fire Department members learned the different characteristics of ice formation, proper equipment needed to safely conduct a water rescue, various rescue techniques, and hypothermic patient care.

Lake Pleasant and Speculator Fire Departments

Ice rescue training with Lake Pleasant and Speculator Fire Departments. NYS DEC photo.

Town of North Elba
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On Jan. 20 at 1:55 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a hiker with a knee injury slowly making his way down Mount Marcy. At 4:30 p.m., Forest Rangers Duchene, Lewis, and Praczkajlo reached the 34-year-old from Massachusetts and brought him to Lieutenant DiCintio at South Meadows Road. Lieutenant DiCintio transported the subject to his vehicle at the Adirondak Loj.

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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