Rangers perform 2 rescues this week

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers rescued two people in the Adirondacks this past week.

Town of Ohio

On Friday, a woman called for help after her and her husband’s boat took on water and sank on Gull Lake in Herkmer County. When the couple’s canoe began to sink, they, along with their dog, swam to a small rock outcrop island. The woman then swam a mile to shore, where she was able to call for help.

Rangers responded and met the woman along the shore of the lake. Two rangers paddled to the man and dog, and successfully brought them back to shore. The couple did not need medical attention.

Town of Thurman

On Saturday, June 10, Warren County 911 notified DEC dispatch in Ray Brook of a woman who suffered a hiking injury on Crane Mountain.

Five forest rangers, an assistant ranger and a backcountry steward responded, along with the local rescue squad and fire department. After an evaluation of the woman, it was determined that she should be airlifted from about a mile from the trailhead.

State police aviation hoisted the woman and flew her to a staging area, where she was taken via ambulance to a local hospital for treatment.