November 5, 2018


State Forest Rangers rescued a lost hunter in “near blizzard conditions” in the Adirondacks this past weekend.

Specifics on the incident and two others below involving Forest Rangers from the state Department of Environmental Conservation were provided by the DEC.

Town of North Elba
Essex County
Search: “On Saturday at 11:08 a.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call regarding a 20-year-old male from Lake Placid who became separated from his deer hunting party. The group was hunting in an area near the Northville-Placid Trail when the hunters were separated. Six Rangers were dispatched to look for the subject. Three Rangers arrived on scene at 12 p.m., and entered through the north side of the Northville Placid Trail toward Moose Pond. The Rangers conducted searches of the trails around the last known point. Cell phone coordinates placed the subject in the area of Moose Pond, about two miles south of where the hunting party was supposed to have met up. Weather deteriorated to near-blizzard conditions. to The hunter was assessed and escorted out of the woods. By 10:45 p.m., the subject was out of the woods and en route to his residence.”

Town of Keene
Essex County
Search: “On Oct. 29 at 6:01 p.m., a call came in to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch from a 46-year-old female from Saratoga who was lost in the mountains in Keene Valley. She was hiking solo and, on the descent, lost the trail markers and rather than retracing her steps, continued downhill and became confused. One Ranger responded, and the female hiker continued down the mountain along a stream bed until it became rocky and slippery. The Ranger directed the subject to remain at her current location. By 7:25 p.m., the Ranger reached the subject in the beaver swamp near Route 73. By 8 p.m., woman was back at the trailhead.”

Town of Chesterfield
Essex County
Rescue: “On Sunday at 10 a.m., a call came into DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch reporting a 55-year-old female from Keeseville who had taken a wrong step and injured her ankle on Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain in the Taylor Pond Wild Forest. Five Forest Rangers responded to assist. With assistance, the hiker was able to walk about half way down the observer’s trail to a waiting ATV. At 3:08 p.m., the group was at the trailhead and the subject was transported to the local hospital for further medical care.”


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