Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Snowmobile crash in Indian Lake; Crane Mt. climber dies from heart attack

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Lake Pleasant
Hamilton County
Law Enforcement: On Jan. 30 at 4 p.m., Hamilton County’s Sheriff’s Dispatch called Forest Ranger Snye about a disabled vehicle on the Elm Lake Road snowmobile trail. The car’s operator was attempting to reach the Siamese Ponds Wilderness trailhead, which is only open for snowmobile use. Ranger Snye and a Sheriff’s Deputy responded and issued a ticket for illegal operation of a motor vehicle on posted easement roads/trails. A local tow company removed the vehicle.

Car parked illegal on a snowmobile trail

Illegal use of a motor vehicle. NYS DEC photo.

Car tracks on a snowmobile trail. NYS DEC photo.

Town of Lake Pleasant
Hamilton County
Training: On Jan. 30, Forest Ranger Lieutenant Kerr and Rangers Caswell, Hamm, Nally, Snye, and Thompson conducted an interagency flat ice rescue training on Lake Pleasant with the Hamilton County Sherriff’s Office, Piseco Fire Department, and Speculator Fire Department. Rescuers responded to a mock rescue with three victims in the water. Rangers also demonstrated how the airboat can be used to support rescue efforts.

Flat ice rescue training on Lake Pleasant

Flat ice rescue training on Lake Pleasant. NYS DEC photo.

Airboat at flat ice rescue training on Lake Pleasant

Airboat at flat ice rescue training on Lake Pleasant. NYS DEC photo.

Village of Canton
St. Lawrence County
Wilderness Recovery: On Jan. 31 at 10:15 a.m., Canton Police requested Forest Ranger assistance in the search for a 24-year-old last seen on Jan. 10. Three Rangers joined Canton Police, St. Lawrence County Department of Probation and the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office in the search. At 11 a.m., search crews located the subject deceased in a ditch on County Route 27 just beyond Sykes Road. Crews turned the subject over to the County Coroner. St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation.

Town of Indian lake
Hamilton County
Snowmobile Accident: On Feb. 3 at 12:31 p.m., Forest Rangers Scott and Snye responded to a call for a snowmobile crash near the entrance of Moose River Plains Complex. When the operator approached the snowmobile bridge that crosses over Cedar River Flow, he lost control, went off trail, and was thrown from the snowmobile over the embankment. The 49-year-old from Ohio landed on the frozen lake with the snowmobile on top of him. The snowmobiler’s cousin moved the subject off the unsafe ice and onto the side of the trail. Rangers and the Indian Lake Fire Chief stabilized the subject’s injuries and turned him over to Indian Lake EMS upon arrival. Rangers worked with an Indian Lake Fire Department toboggan to slide the patient to a waiting ambulance. Resources were clear at 5:20 p.m.

Snowmobile accident in Indian Lake

Snowmobile accident in Indian Lake. NYS DEC photo.

Town of Thurman
Warren County
Wilderness Recovery: On Feb. 4 at 4:30 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call for an ice climber who went into cardiac arrest while climbing Crane Mountain. When Forest Rangers reached the subject, the 63-year-old from Thurman was deceased. Rangers and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office packaged the subject, navigated the steep and technical terrain, and turned the subject over to the County Coroner. Resources were clear at 9:40 p.m.

Town of Warrensburg
Warren County
Wilderness Rescue: On Feb. 5 at 2:38 p.m., Forest Ranger Donegan overheard radio traffic from Warren County about a subject who had fallen into the Schroon River. The 33-year-old from Warrensburg had been trying to cross the river but slipped on the rocks and fell. She was able to get herself out of the water to shore where someone saw her and called for help. Rangers Baker, Donegan, Morehouse, and Quinn responded to the convergence of the Hudson and Schroon rivers, warmed the subject, and brought her to Warrensburg EMS to be treated for hypothermia.

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.

6 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    Wait someone driving a Tesla with chains on a snowmobile trail?

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