Rangers perform injured hiker on Mount Hopkins

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Recent actions from NYS DEC rangers:

Town of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness rescue:
On September 14, at 11:14 a.m., Essex County 911 contacted Ray Brook Dispatch of DEC to report a hiker with a knee injury atop Mount Hopkins in the Giant Mountain Desert. Rangers Lewis, Morehouse, Martin and O’Connor responded. Rangers Lewis and Morehouse stabilized the hiker knee and transported him to the trail where he was transferred to a 6 × 6 UTV. The hiker was taken to the trailhead where he was greeted by his wife and then drove to hospital. Resources were clear at 4 p.m.

Rangers perform injured hiker on Mount Hopkins

Town of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness rescue:
At 3:08 p.m. on September 14, Essex County 911 contacted Ray Brook Dispatch of DEC reporting that a 32-year-old hiker from Texas had suffered a head injury at Giant Mountain. Lt. Dubay requested assistance from the New York State Police Aviation (NYSP) to insert Rangers into the location. Two rangers were inserted by the NYSP within a half mile of the hiker coordinates. The hiker was located at 7:45 p.m., assessed and treated for his injuries. The rangers helped the subject to descend to find his hiking partner at 12:23 a.m.

Town of Pinckney
Lewis County
Wilderness rescue:
At 8:30 p.m. on September 16, DEC’s Ray Brook Expedition Service notified Lt. Hoag of a pair of Fort Drum mountaineers in need of assistance at Inman Gulf in Tug Hill State Forest. Ranger Thomes responded to the scene where he met NYSP and a Lewis County Sheriff’s Deputy. The climbers were looking for a nearby waterfall and found themselves stranded, about 180 feet deep in the gulf of the shale substrate. Rangers Hanno, McCartney and Candee also responded to the scene and set up a technical rope rescue system to lower a Ranger towards the climbers. The climbers were individually raised to the top of the gulf using the rope system. Lewis County 911, NYSP, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Lewis County Search and Rescue, and Martinsburg and Copenhagen Fire Departments were involved in this rescue. Resources were off the scene at 2:20 a.m.

City of North Elba
Essex County
Wilderness rescue:
At 2 a.m. on September 17, DEC’s Central Dispatch received a call from a hiker asking for help in locating and helping his partner out of the woods. The caller, who walked past the group to get cell coverage, reported that the subject was dehydrated, had cramps and could not continue. The appellant believed the group, which was from Illinois, was near Marcy Dam. Ranger O’Connor located the hiker, provided an assessment, and helped her return to the trailhead at 4.30am.

City of Wells
Hamilton County
Rope rescue training:
On September 17, Ranger Scott joined New York State Fire and New York Task Force-2 at Auger Falls in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area of ​​the Sacandaga River for a practical rescue scenario. Ranger Scott placed a dummy at the falls and the team set up a highline over the gorge to retrieve the dummy. The training scenario focused on mounting, packing and extricating the patient. Photos, courtesy of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DSHES), can be viewed on the DSHES Flickr page.

Town of Indian Lake
Hamilton County
Wilderness rescue:
At 10:15 a.m. on September 18, Hamilton County 911 contacted DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch reporting that a 34-year-old hiker from Baldwinsville had injured his knee on the Castle Rock Trail in the Blue Mountain Lake Wilderness . Rangers Lomnitzer and Milano reached subject at 11:12 am and helped him get back to the trailhead. At 11:30 a.m. he announced that he would see a doctor himself.

Town of Fort Ann
Washington County
Wilderness research:
At 6:30 p.m. on September 18, Washington County 911 informed DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch that there was a lost hiker on Buck Mountain in the wild forest of Lake George. Wynantskill hiker lost the trail near the summit in a thunderstorm. After calling 911, the hiker used an app to help him navigate the trail. Without a flashlight and a cell phone battery, he waited for help. Ranger Donegan located the lost hiker at 8:15 p.m. and gave him water and a light. They made their way to the trailhead and were clear by 9pm.

City of Bolton
Warren County
Wilderness rescue:
At 5:22 p.m. on September 19, Warren County 911 contacted Ray Brook Dispatch of DEC to report two lost hikers on Tongue Mountain in the wild forest of Lake George. The hikers had no food or water and had walked to the shore of Lake George. Ranger Donegan responded by boat from Green Island and returned the couple to the boat launch. From there they were given a courtesy walk to the trailhead. Resources were clear at 8:10 p.m.

City of Providence
Saratoga County
Wilderness research:
At 9:24 p.m. on September 19, Saratoga County 911 contacted DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch to report a hiker lost in the woods on the county trail system. Ranger Nally responded with sheriff’s deputies and located the hikers in a swampy area. The couple were driven back to their vehicle at 11:30 p.m.

Make sure you prepare well and plan ahead before entering the backcountry. Visit the Hike Smart NY, Adirondack Backcountry Information, and Catskill Backcountry Information web pages for more information.

If a person needs a ranger, whether for search and rescue, to report a forest fire, or to report illegal activity on state lands and easements, they should call 833- NYS-RANGERS. If someone needs urgent assistance, they can call 911. To contact a ranger for information on a specific location, the DEC website has phone numbers for each ranger listed by region.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and announcements from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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