Posts Tagged ‘Forest Ranger Reports’

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Injured Pitchoff Mt. ice climber rescued via toboggan, rope system

forest ranger reports graphicTown of North Elba
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On Feb. 20 at 1:20 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call to assist an ice climber who fell while climbing Pitchoff Mountain, injuring his hip. The 73-year-old from Massachusetts was on the Jackrabbit Ski Trail off Old Mountain Road. Using a rope system, seven Forest Rangers lowered the patient and stabilized him in a rescue toboggan. Rangers attached the toboggan to a snowmobile and rode the patient to a Lake Placid ambulance waiting at the trailhead. Resources were clear at 4:10 p.m. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND PHOTOS

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Snowmobiler, sled launched 73′ after hitting pressure crack on Indian Lake

forest ranger reports graphicTown of North Elba
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On Feb. 13 at 12:20 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call regarding a hiker who slipped on the ice near the summit of Mount Jo and potentially dislocated his shoulder. At 1:20 p.m., Forest Rangers Duchene and O’Connor reached the 75-year-old from East Syracuse and determined the patient’s shoulder was dislocated.

Attempts to pop the shoulder back in were unsuccessful, but the shoulder was in a better position to be stabilized. Rangers put a sling around his shoulder and arm and at 2 p.m., Rangers Lewis and Praczkajlo also arrived to help walk the subject down the mountain. They reached the trailhead at 4:45 p.m.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Snowmobile and hiking bridge reset in Wells; car stuck on Powley Rd

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Wells
Hamilton County
Trail Maintenance: On Feb. 7, with approval and support from DEC’s Division of Lands and Forests, Forest Rangers Hamm, Nally, and Thompson joined members of the Algonquin Sno-Blazers snowmobile club to reset a snowmobile and hiking bridge displaced during early season rain and snow melt. Rangers and club members used old telephone poles and a high-strength come-along ratchet puller to slide the bridge back across the creek to allow a safe crossing for snowmobiles, snowshoers, and skiers. The Algonquin Sno-Blazers club was established in 1970. Members volunteer to maintain more than 55 miles of trails in Hamilton County.

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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.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Five Whiteface Mt. hikers lose trail at night

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Town of Keene
Essex County
Training: On Jan. 22, Forest Rangers Mecus and Rooney worked on their climbing skills in the Trap Dike, a class four climb that should only be attempted by those with proper experience and equipment. Rangers Mecus and Rooney are expert climbers and used this opportunity to prepare for potential rescues.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Teens get lost in Indian Lake woods, suffer mild hypothermia

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Indian Lake
Hamilton County
Wilderness Search: On Jan. 18 at 8 p.m., Forest Rangers Miller and Scott responded to a request from New York State Police (NYSP) in Indian Lake to help search for three teenagers. A resident alerted Rangers to footprints heading toward the lake. After checking the thickness of the ice, Rangers used snowmobiles to track the subjects and followed the tracks for approximately 1.5 miles until they left the ice and entered the woods of the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area.

 

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Good Samaritan saves man & dog that fell through Hinckley Reservoir ice

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Long Lake
Hamilton County
Training: On Jan. 8, Forest Rangers Adams, Milano, and Odell participated in ice safety rescue training at the Long Lake Town Beach. Long Lake is a widening of the Raquette River where local ice conditions constantly fluctuate. A minimum of four inches of solid ice is the general rule for safety. However, ice thickness is not uniform on any body of water. Since ice thickness can vary on a lake, outdoor adventurers are advised to check the ice periodically to stay safe. More information about ice safety is available on DEC’s website.

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Thursday, January 11, 2024

Multiple agencies assist severely injured Pitchoff Mt. ice climber

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On Jan. 9 at 9:20 a.m., Ray Brook Dispatch assigned seven Forest Rangers to respond to a call for a seriously injured ice climber at the Pitchoff Mountain ice climbing area off Route 73. At 10:15 a.m., Rangers, along with Keene and Keene Valley fire departments, reached the 36-year-old, set up a low-angle rope rescue system, and lowered the subject several hundred feet to an ambulance waiting on Route 73. At 10:28 a.m., the patient was flown to the hospital by a LifeNet helicopter.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2024

South Dix Mt. hiker endures fall, grabs tree to prevent going off cliff

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Town of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On Dec. 22 at 3:45 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call about a hiker with knee and upper leg injuries after a fall on Knob Lock Mountain. Forest Rangers Black, Foutch, Mecus, O’Connor, and Praczkajlo reached the 71-year-old from Westport and carried him out using a backpack carrier system. The Rangers and subject reached the roadside by 6:40 p.m. The hiker decided to seek further medical attention on his own. View a video of part of the rescue here.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Missing woman found dead in the Great Chazy River

forest ranger reportVillage of Lowville
Lewis County
Public Outreach: On Dec. 12, Forest Ranger Evans participated in the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office’s “Shop with a Cop” event. Ranger Evans was joined by first responders from multiple Police and Fire Departments to help 28 children shop for the holidays. Local businesses, agencies, and individuals made this successful event possible with their donations.

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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Two teens run out of daylight on McKenzie Mountain Trail

forest ranger reportEssex County 

New eBikes: Forest Rangers are using two new electric bicycles in DEC’s Region 5 to minimize the use of motor vehicles in some campgrounds and reduce DEC’s carbon footprint. The e-bikes have an 80-mile range when fully charged and will be used for routine patrol, law enforcement, and search and rescue missions. To learn more, visit the DEC Facebook page.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Submerged, empty car found near Ensign Pond Road

forest ranger reportTown of North Hudson
Essex County
Car Submerged:
 On Nov. 21 at 9:40 p.m., the North Hudson Fire Department reported a traffic accident that resulted in a car submerged in the water near Ensign Pond Road. At 10 p.m., Ranger Quinn responded to the potential water rescue, but determined the car was empty. New York State Police located the driver in Moriah and are handling the investigation.

 

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Lost 80-year-old hunter found following overnight, multi-agency search

forest ranger reportTown of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Search:
 On Nov. 17 at 7:25 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call about two overdue hikers hiking Mount Marcy. The pair from Brewster had proper clothing and headlamps and texted friends at 4:42 p.m. to advise they were on their way down the trail. At 9:02 p.m., Ranger Lewis made voice contact with the hikers and located them a short time later near an old ski trail. One of the subjects had severe leg cramps. Ranger Duchene hiked in with extra water for the pair. Rangers helped the hikers back to Adirondak Loj at 10:20 p.m.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Missing man found dead in Titusville State Forest

forest ranger reportRecent NYS DEC Forest Ranger actions:

Town of Bellmont
Franklin County
Wilderness Recovery:
 On Nov. 11 at 12:50 p.m., Forest Rangers Adams and Odell located an ATV on Titusville State Forest that was connected to a missing vulnerable adult case investigated by New York State Police (NYSP) in Malone. Over the next two days, 15 Rangers and 10 volunteers with Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks supported the NYSP-led search effort, which included deployment of helicopters and drones in a 12-linear-mile search area. On Nov. 12, NYSP Pilot Kotronis and Ranger Lewis spotted a used fire ring along a streambed. On Nov. 13, Rangers Foutch and Milano paddled the Hatch Brook, saw the fire ring, and at 10:50 a.m., located the 59-year-old subject deceased. Rangers transported the subject to the road via canoe and turned him over to the coroner. Resources were clear at 5 p.m.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Rangers respond to Vienna fire, wet & cold Long Lake camper

forest ranger reportTown of Long Lake
Hamilton County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Nov. 2, at 9:25 p.m., Ranger Milano responded to the Cedarlands Conservation Easement Tract to help extract a camper who reported they were wet, cold, and unable to start a fire. Ranger Milano assisted the camper out of the woods, where they declined medical attention. Resources were clear at 11:10 p.m.

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