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Missing hiker rescued, in stable condition

Had been lost on St. Regis Mountain since Saturday

September 4, 2017
By JUSTIN A. LEVINE - Outdoors Reporter (jlevine@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Lake Placid News

PAUL SMITHS - A missing 40-year-old soldier from Fort Drum was found alive and conscious early Monday morning by forest rangers in a state police helicopter.

Richard Guinan last had contact with his wife midday on Saturday when he called her from the summit of St. Regis Mountain, near Paul Smith's College, and told her his phone battery was going to die soon but that she shouldn't worry.

Guinan's wife reported him missing around 8 p.m. Saturday, and state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers soon began searching in earnest for him, with a small crew Saturday night and a larger one Sunday.

Article Photos

Forest Ranger Adam Baldwin, center, and Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks Training Officer Neilson Snye, right, lead some soldiers from Fort Drum out of the woods Monday morning after a lost hiker had been found.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Rangers called for assistance from Saranac Lake-based Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks, and 50 people from Fort Drum were also on hand early Monday morning at the Paul Smiths-Gabriels Volunteer Fire Department to aid in the search effort.

But forest ranger Capt. John Streiff said Guinan was located early Monday by rangers flying in the state police chopper.

"He was spotted from the helicopter, so it's great he made himself visible," Streiff said. "We've located the subject in one of the drainages off the side of St. Regis Mountain."

The hospital said Guinan was in stable condition as of noon Monday.

Streiff said Guinan was not expected to be admitted to the hospital.

"They looked him over to make sure he was good to go and his family was there," he said. "I think he's fine and all is well."

 
 

 

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