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Rangers help Texas hurricane victims, rescue Adirondack hikers

September 6, 2017
By staff , Lake Placid News

The state Department of Environmental Conservation sent numerous forest rangers to Texas to assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, while those rangers who stayed in New York were kept busy at the end of the summer hiking season.


Town of Arietta

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Four Saranac Lake men training for the Adirondack Canoe Classic, aka 90-Miler, became lost and had to be rescued by a ranger in the central Adirondacks.

The men, who were uninjured, called 911 on Tuesday, Aug. 29 and provided GPS coordinates. A ranger responded in a motorboat and found the group on the Marion River between Raquette and Utowana lakes. The ranger transported the men back to the Raquette River boat launch.


Town of Inlet

A 58-year-old mountain biker from Brooklyn became exhausted and separated from his group in the Moose River Plains on Thursday, Aug. 31.

Ranger Gary Miller and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office began looking for the man, presuming he was lost or injured. Miller located the man, who was tired but otherwise unhurt, and gave him a courtesy ride back to the man's group in Inlet.


Town of Newcomb

On Friday, Sept. 1, a 56-year-old man was reported missing from Blue Ridge Campground after he failed to return from a hike while looking for old glass bottles.

Three rangers began to search for the man, and located him near Blue Ridge Falls. It is believed the man became disoriented with no food or water. He was returned to his campsite by mid-afternoon.


Town of Wilmington

A local couple became lost while hiking the Marble Mountain Trail on Sept. 1. Ranger Scott van Laer spoke to the couple on the phone and told them to continue following the small stream they were on.

The couple arrived at a private campground a half-mile later and were given a ride back to their vehicle.


Town of Keene

On Sunday, Sept. 3, a 55-year-old Johnstown woman suffered a lower leg injury in the saddle between Cascade and Porter mountains.

Several rangers, along with volunteers from the Keene and Keene Valley fire departments responded. The woman was packaged in a litter and transported to the trailhead, where an ambulance was waiting.


Town of Long Lake

On Monday, Sept. 4, a 33-year-old Balston Lake woman suffered a leg injury while hiking Owls Head Mountain in the Sargent Pond Wild Forest. The woman's group attempted to help her back to the trailhead, but couldn't complete the task.

Four rangers responded with an all-terrain vehicle and transported the woman back to the trailhead, where she said she would seek medical attention on her own.



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