Rangers help snowmobilers, injured man on Ampersand

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers worked on a search for missing man near Albany last week, as well as helping an injured man and some snowmobilers in the Adirondacks.

Town of Harrietstown

On Thursday, March 1, Franklin County 911 notified DEC dispatch of an injured 71-year-old man from Duxbury, Massachusetts, who was suffering from head and shoulder injuries after a fall on Ampersand Mountain. The man said he was disoriented and could not find the trail.

Nine forest rangers responded and located the man within two hours of his call. In need of further medical care, the rangers arranged for a carry-out to a location where he could be airlifted by New York State Police Aviation. The man was flown to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake within four hours of his initial call.

Town of Horicon

Forest Ranger Charles Kabrehl was flagged down by a family on Saturday, March 3, after a 73-year-old Brant Lake man failed to return from a snowmobile ride.

Kabrehl followed the snowmobile tracks and located both the snowmobile and the man, who said he had gotten stuck and walked back home to get another snowmobile to pull the first one out. He was in good health and did not need further assistance.

Town of Arietta

Two rangers responded to the scene of a snowmobile accident near Piseco Lake on Sunday, March 4. Fulton County 911 notified DEC, and the rangers — who were on snowmobiles less than a mile away — found the accident on the Powley Road Snowmobile Trail.

Rangers assisted Lake Pleasant emergency medical services with transport of the 33-year-old man, from the village of Wyoming. It was determined he was going too fast to negotiate a turn and subsequently crashed into a tree. The man required treatment at a hospital.