Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Glens Falls man located on Rt. 9 without shoes or a shirt two days after getting lost on Pack Forest nature trail

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Warrensburg
Warren County
Wilderness Search: On June 18, at 11:45 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a concerned party about a subject who was last seen the day before on the Pack Forest nature trail. Forest Rangers Kabrehl and Savarie performed linear searches overnight with negative results.

At 8:45 a.m., the Warren County Sheriff’s office advised the 45-year-old from Glens Falls was located walking on Route 9 without shoes or a shirt. Forest Ranger Captain Ganswindt and Ranger Savarie interviewed the subject who advised he had become lost on June 17 and found his way to the main road early on June 19. A sheriff’s deputy transported the subject to the hospital for dehydration treatment.

Town of Clifton
St. Lawrence County
Water Search: On June 19, at 7:48 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a kayaker who had become separated from his paddling partner and could not find his way back to their camp on Bog Lake. Forest Ranger Jansen found the kayaker on Grass Pond and helped him back to the campsite. Resources were clear at 10:10 p.m.

Town of Ticonderoga
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On June 20 at 3 p.m., Forest Rangers responded to Putnam Pond Campground for a report of a subject who had fallen and broken his leg across the water from the main area of the campground. Three Rangers, EMTs, and the Ticonderoga Fire Department used motorboats to reach the 67-year-old from Warwick. The rescue crew packaged the subject onto a back board and carried him to one of the docked boats across the water to a waiting ambulance. Resources were clear at 6 p.m.

Town of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Search: On June 22 at 4:45 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a group of hikers reporting a 19-year-old member of their party had hiked ahead of them on Mount Marcy and was presumed lost. Forest Ranger Praczkajlo spoke to the summit steward who saw the hiker near the peak at 10:40 a.m., and a report from John’s Brook Lodge indicated the hiker was spotted at 3:30 p.m., lying down from exhaustion. At 5:40 p.m., Ranger Praczkajlo met the hiker as he reached the trailhead and reunited him with his hiking party.

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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