Recent DEC Forest Ranger Actions:
Town of North Elba
Wilderness Rescue: On Oct. 1 at 5:42 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a 65-year-old hiker from Long Meadow, Massachusetts, reporting he had injured his ankle near MacIntyre Falls. The hiker said his hiking party braced his injury and he would hobble down the trail with them. Forest Ranger LaPierre responded, hiking up the trail to the man’s location while Forest Rangers Evans, Burns, Gliddi, and Booth came in with a six-wheel ATV. Once on scene, Ranger LaPierre splinted the injury and assisted the hiking party to the Whales Tail Junction where they were met by the secondary group of Rangers and driven out to the trailhead to their vehicle.
Town of Bolton
Wilderness Rescue: On Oct. 2 at 9:30 p.m., Warren County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch from two hikers who became disoriented on Pole Hill Pond. The hikers, from Brookhaven, did not have a light source or warm clothing with them as temperatures dropped. Dispatch advised the hikers to stay where they were until help arrived. Warren County 911 shared coordinates to the hikers’ location as their only working cell phone battery died. Forest Rangers Donegan and Kabrehl responded to assist, arriving on scene at 10:30 p.m. Voice contact was made at 12:15 a.m., and the hikers were found off the trail at 12:33 a.m. Forest Rangers escorted the couple back to their vehicle at the trailhead.
Town of North Elba
Wilderness Rescue: On Oct. 3 at 10:27 a.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call reporting a hiker had suffered an ankle injury on the trail for Phelps Mountain in the High Peaks Wilderness Area. Forest Rangers Mecus and Balerno responded with New York State Police Aviation while Forest Ranger Burns assembled a ground crew for a carry-out as a backup. Once a safe opening occurred, Ranger Mecus was lowered to the injured hiker and with the assistance of Assistant Forest Ranger Engel and Marcy Dam Caretaker Kelly, placed the hiker into a harness to hoist up to the helicopter. The 50-year-old hiker from Buffalo was flown to a local hospital for medical treatment.
Town of Schroon
Wilderness Rescue: On Oct. 3 at 1:31 p.m., Essex County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch from a hiker lost while hiking out to the trailhead on Crane Pond Road. After numerous attempts, 911 advised that they were not able to obtain coordinates for the hiker’s location. The 39-year-old from Cheshire, Connecticut, believed he was somewhere in the woods northeast of Glidden Marsh. Forest Rangers Arnold and Perryman, along with Assistant Forest Ranger Gonyeau, searched the area with negative results. Rangers hiked out due to darkness and resumed search operations at daylight with State Police Aviation on standby. While Essex County 911 had Verizon ping the lost man’s cell phone, the hiker texted Forest Rangers his coordinates from the compass application on his phone. The coordinates from the phone were 3.4 miles away from the coordinates provided by Verizon. Forest Rangers responded to the coordinates given by the camper, made initial voice contact at 9:05 a.m., and at 9:40 a.m., Forest Ranger Quinn located the hiker and escorted him out of the woods by 12:35 p.m.
Town of Clifton
St. Lawrence County
Wilderness Rescue: On Oct. 3 at 4:21 p.m., St. Lawrence 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch reporting that a hiker on the Cranberry 50 had injured his back and could not walk due to the pain. Forest Rangers Baldwin and Morehouse responded by boat with members of the Cranberry Lake and Star Lake Fire Departments. Once on scene, the 62-year-old hiker from Wilton, Connecticut, was packaged into the litter, put in the boat, and driven back to shore. Once on shore, the injured hiker was turned over to the Star Lake Ambulance for transport to a local hospital.
Town of Bolton
Wilderness Rescue: On Oct. 3 at 7:53 p.m., Warren County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch from a hiker stating that she and her eight-year-old daughter were stuck on the trail for Pole Hill Pond. The hiker stated that they did not have any light sources and that she had fallen, causing minor injuries. Forest Rangers Donegan and Kabrehl responded to the pair’s location along with Bolton Fire and EMS. Rangers proceeded up to the trail to locate the stranded family from Saratoga Springs and Ranger Donegan advised that he was with the pair at 10:48 p.m. After being assessed by Rangers, the mother and daughter were provided light sources and safely escorted back to the trailhead. At 10:58 p.m., the incident concluded and all emergency service providers were cleared the scene.
Town of Arietta
Wilderness Search: On Oct. 4 at 3:34 p.m., Hamilton County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch reporting a missing 14-year-old hiker from Canajoharie who became separated from his parents on Good Luck Mountain, part of the Ferris Lake Wild Forest. Forest Rangers Kerr and Milano responded to the trailhead to look for the lost hiker. At 5:15 p.m., Ranger Kerr met the hiker a couple miles up an adjoining snowmobile trail. They proceeded back to the trailhead and the subject was reunited with his parents at 5:45 p.m.