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For Release: Monday, February 22, 2016

DEC Statewide Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Highlights

Forest Ranger Actions for 2/15 - 2/21/16

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
Saranac Lakes Wild Forest
Lost Hikers:
On February 17, 2016 at 5:50 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a woman in New York City reporting that her friends were hiking in an unknown location in the Adirondacks and were lost. Dispatch advised the caller to instruct the 50-year-old woman from Weehawken, NY and the 50-year-old woman from Brooklyn, NY to call 911 to obtain their coordinates if they were in need of assistance. At 5:55 p.m., the women called Franklin County 911, which transferred them to Ray Brook Dispatch. The women said they were lost off trail on Scarface but were not injured. The responding DEC Forest Ranger obtained the coordinates and located both women in good health at 7:23 p.m. The Ranger escorted them back to their vehicle at the trailhead. The incident concluded at 8:55 p.m.

Town of North Elba
High Peaks Wilderness
Injured Hiker:
On February 18, 2016 at 5:13 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance for an injured hiker located 20 minutes from Marcy Dam. A 23-year-old woman from St-Catherine, Ontario, Canada sustained a leg injury. Her hiking party provided basic first aid and she was able to walk with assistance. They requested a ride out to the ADK Loj from Marcy Dam. A DEC Forest Ranger responded with a 6x6 all-terrain vehicle and reached the woman at 6:53 p.m. He transported her back to the Loj where she stated she would seek medical attention on her own. The incident concluded at 7:43 p.m.

Warren County

Town of Bolton
Lake George Wild Forest
Distressed Hikers:
On February 20, 2016 at 5:34 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from two distressed hikers on the Two Brothers Trail in the Cat and Thomas Mountain Preserve. A 76-year-old man and a 48 year-old man, both from Waterford, NY said they had run out of day light and did not bring flashlights or headlamps. They had little water and some food. The 76-year-old man was in distress and having difficulty making it down the trail. DEC Forest Rangers responded with a 6x6 all-terrain vehicle and located the men at 6:35 p.m. The Rangers provided them with water and gave them a ride back to their vehicle at the trailhead. No additional medical attention was required. The incident concluded at 7:00 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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