Tupper Lake woman critical after being hit by tree while camping

A 60-year-old woman from Tupper Lake is in critical condition after being hit by a tree early Saturday morning at Rock Pond near Putnam Pond Campground.

The woman was rescued by forest rangers and local fire fighters who removed the tree that had pinned the woman, according to a state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Storms raged through the North Country Friday night. High winds knocked down trees and caused widespread damage, including power outages.

Three forest rangers responded after DEC Dispatch received a call asking for assistance from the state police at about 1 a.m. Unable to drive to the area, forest rangers used a boat and cut through felled trees to make it to the woman at 2:30 a.m.

“With continued high winds and heavy rain, forest rangers and local fire department personnel worked together to remove a large tree that had pinned the subject,” according to DEC press release. “She was packaged in a stokes litter, carried out to a boat, and brought across the pond to the Putnam Pond Campground Boat Launch, where she was turned over to Ticonderoga EMS.”

The woman was then flown by helicopter to a hospital in Vermont for treatment.

Rock Pond is on the eastern side of this map of the Pharoah Lakes Wilderness. Map by Nancy Bernsteinillustration.com.

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