Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Multiple agencies conduct night rescue for Pitchoff Mt. hiker with broken ankle

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Russia
Herkimer County
Wilderness Rescue: While on patrol April 29, at 4:01 p.m., Forest Ranger Waligory encountered an injured subject in the grass just north of a public forest access road. The 54-year-old from Boonville had hit a rut while riding a dual sport motorcycle. The subject was thrown from the motorcycle, resulting in a separated shoulder. Ranger Waligory assessed the subject’s injuries, stabilized his head, and called for an ambulance. At 4:25 p.m., the Poland Fire Department and Kuyahoora Valley Ambulance arrived and transported the subject to the hospital.

Town of North Elba
Essex County
Wilderness Search: On May 3, at 4:13 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from two hikers lost on the Copperas Pond trail. At 5:05 p.m., Forest Rangers reached the two hikers from Pennsylvania and helped the pair back to the trailhead. Resources were clear at 6:25 p.m.

Town of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On May 4, at 6:15 p.m., Forest Rangers responded to a call from a hiker with a knee injury on Big Slide Mountain. Rangers Black and Curcio reached the hiker from Montreal at 7:40 p.m. They called for additional Rangers to assist with the carry out. Rangers reached the trailhead at 10:31 p.m. The patient refused further medical treatment.

Town of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On May 4, at 8:15 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a hiker with a broken ankle on Pitchoff Mountain. At 9:37 p.m., seven Forest Rangers and five members of Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks located the 33-year-old from Rochester. Rescuers carried the subject to the trailhead where her hiking partner drove her to the hospital. Resources were clear at 1:07 a.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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