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For Release: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

DEC Statewide Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Highlights

Forest Ranger Actions for 2/8 - 2/14/16

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the backcountry.

"Across New York, DEC's Forest Rangers' are on the front lines helping people safely enjoy the great outdoors," said Acting DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. "Their knowledge of first aid, land navigation and technical rescue techniques are critical to the success of their missions which take them from remote wilderness areas, with rugged mountainous peaks to white-water rivers, and throughout our vast forested areas statewide."

Recent missions carried out by DEC Forest Rangers include:

Essex County

Town of North Elba
High Peaks Wilderness
Distressed Hiker:
On February 13, 2016 at 2:30 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a radio transmission from the Lake Colden Caretaker requesting assistance for two hikers with possible frostbite to their extremities. A 49-year-old man from Denver, CO and a 51-year-old woman from Gardiner, NY advised that on Thursday they had climbed the Trap Dyke and became disoriented. They spent the night on top of the Trap Dyke and were able to find the trail to their campsite at Flowed Lands the following morning. The pair spent Friday night and woke up Saturday morning with signs of frostbite. They traveled to the Lake Colden Outpost for assistance. The Lake Colden caretaker requested a DEC Forest Ranger meet the group at Marcy Dam. Forest Rangers traveled by snowmobile to Marcy Dam and reached the pair at 4:45 p.m. Rangers transported them out by snowmobile and they arrived back at the trailhead at 5:30 p.m. They were brought by Forest Ranger Patrol to Adirondack Medical Center Lake Placid for treatment. The incident concluded at 6:00 p.m.

Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC's Hiking Safety webpage and Adirondack Trail Information webpage for more information.

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