Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Two fisherman fall through ice in Indian Lake

Ice Rescue Indian Lake – Hamilton County
On March 13, ECO Pierce observed a portable ice shanty near a marina on Indian Lake in Hamilton County. Officer Pierce walked down to the shoreline and noticed open water and melting ice in the distance due to the 55-degree temperatures in the area. The ECO called out to the shanty after confirming the poor ice quality and two subjects exited. ECO Pierce advised the pair there was no safe way for them to make it back to shore.

The anglers, confident they could simply retrace the route they took earlier in the day (when it was 20 degrees), attempted to demonstrate a way back to shore when one of them fell through. The fallen angler’s partner pulled him back up to more stable ice, uninjured, and ECO Pierce advised both subjects to return to the shanty for warmth and to gather their gear while he contacted DEC Ray Brook Dispatch requesting assistance from Forest Rangers and Indian Lake Fire and EMS.

Officer Pierce next found a canoe at the marina, launched it with the help of two area residents, and proceeded to chip the unstable ice with his axe while attempting to make a channel out to the stronger ice where the anglers were stranded. As the Officer got closer and the anglers began making their way to the canoe, the second individual went through the ice. Fortunately, two Indian Lake firefighters arrived at the location and entered the water in dry suits while their chief assisted from shore. The firefighters swam out in front of ECO Pierce and broke the rest of the unstable ice, allowing the Officer to maneuver the canoe to the anglers. The firefighters helped stabilize the boat while Officer Piece shuttled the anglers and their equipment safely to shore.

Unstable ice on Indian Lake

Unstable ice on Indian Lake. NYS DEC photo.

Don’t Feed the Deer – Franklin County
On March 13, ECOs Okonuk and Garrand conducted a deer feeding detail in Northern Franklin County during which the Officers issued multiple warnings to people intentionally feeding deer. It is illegal to feed deer in New York and illegal to hunt deer over pre-established bait. For more information on the laws pertaining to deer and moose feeding visit DEC’s website.

ECO Garrand at deer feeding enforcement detail in Northern Franklin County

ECO Garrand at deer feeding enforcement detail in Northern Franklin County. NYS DEC photo.

Oil Spill – Franklin County
On March 15, ECOs Okonuk and Garrand responded to an oil spill on County Route 24 in the town of Bellmont. A commercial bus company carrying a women’s collegiate lacrosse team had experienced a mechanical failure that resulted in the release of more than 10 gallons of oil in the travel lane and shoulder of the road. ECOs worked quickly with the Burke Volunteer Fire Department, Franklin County Highway Department, DEC Spills Unit, and the bus company to mitigate any potential environmental impacts due to the spill and ensure the safety of the passengers on the bus and other motorists sharing the road.

The cleanup at the site of an oil spill in the town of Bellmont, Franklin County

The cleanup at the site of an oil spill in the town of Bellmont, Franklin County. NYS DEC photo.

Lake George Elementary School Career Day – Warren County
In early March, Career Day at Lake George Elementary School in Warren County welcomed Lieutenant Higgins and ECO Brassard to speak to hundreds of students from the elementary school about the job duties of an Environmental Conservation Police Officer, including protecting the public and natural resources of New York State. The ECOs also educated students on the requirements to become an ECO. Young people in attendance earned raffle tickets for prizes by asking questions to the more than 25 professionals at the career fair and some students even dressed up in attire to match the profession to which they aspire.

Lt. Higgins and ECO Brassard at the Lake George Elementary Career Day

Lt. Higgins and ECO Brassard at the Lake George Elementary Career Day. NYS DEC photo.

To contact an ECO to report an environmental crime or to report an incident, call 1-844-DEC-ECOS for 24-hour dispatch or email (for non-urgent violations).

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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.

One Response

  1. daisy says:

    The Indian Lake story would be funny if it weren’t so dumb!

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