Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Rangers called to only one rescue on April 8; injured Mount Saint Regis hiker air lifted

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Cambridge
Washington County
Wildland Fire: On April 1 at 3:30 p.m., Washington County 911 requested Forest Ranger assistance with a wildland fire on Kenyon Road. The agricultural brush burn escaped containment and spread to an adjacent structure. The Easton Fire Department was already scene when Rangers Carabetta and St. Claire arrived and helped get the one-acre fire under control. The subject who started the fire was issued a ticket for leaving a fire unattended.

Wildland fire in Cambridge

Wildland fire in Cambridge. NYS DEC photo.

Wildland fire in Cambridge

Wildland fire in Cambridge. NYS DEC photo.

Town of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On April 5 at 9:05 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a hiker requesting a ride because his camping gear got wet while on the Rooster Comb trail. Because the hiker was not injured, Dispatch encouraged him to make his way to the trailhead, get a ride, and find lodging. At 9:30 p.m., the 22-year-old from Massachusetts called back and said he was too cold and didn’t know if he could navigate the steep embankment with his bicycle. Forest Ranger Praczkajlo made contact with the subject, hiked into the campsite to retrieve the bike and gear, and helped him to a local motel. The hiker was not dressed appropriately for the conditions, wearing only sneakers, jeans, and a light jacket.

Rooster Comb hiker's bike and supplies

Rooster Comb hiker’s bike and supplies. NYS DEC photo.

Town of Santa Clara
Franklin County
Wilderness Rescue: Thanks in part to DEC’s preventative search-and-rescue education conducted at Adirondack trailheads on April 8, bolstered by weeks of public safety messaging in advance of the eclipse by New York State agencies, Forest Rangers were only called to one rescue on the evening of the eclipse. At 4:32 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call about a hiker with a lower leg injury near the summit of Mount Saint Regis. Due to the terrain and trail conditions, Forest Rangers called for New York State Police (NYSP) Aviation assistance. At 6:15 p.m., NYSP Pilots and Rangers successfully hoisted the 29-year-old from Elmira and flew her to the hospital. Rangers on the ground helped the rest of the hiking party out of the woods. Resources were clear at 7:40 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.




5 Responses

  1. Brian joseph says:

    22 or 2 year old? Jeesh.

  2. adkack says:

    Another classic example of “you can’t fix stupid”

  3. Aaron says:

    I know when I think a bike tour sounds great my first inclination is to attempt to pedal into the Adirondack wilderness on my road bike with 25mm smooth tires, cantilever brakes, and no proper gear through two feet of snow. It just makes sense.

  4. Walter Wouk says:

    And, in case of unexpected difficulty, the Rangers will come for me.

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