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Rescuers airlift ailing hiker to hospital

July 29, 2008
By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer

SARANAC LAKE - A man at a lean-to along the trail up Mount Marshall was rescued by state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers Tuesday morning.

DEC Region 5 spokesman David Winchell said the DEC received a call at 8:25 a.m. from the DEC Lake Colden caretaker, reporting "an individual with abdominal pains who is unable to walk out on his own." The man, Douglas Strausser, 51, of Ithaca, was staying at the Herbert Brook Lean-to with his two teenaged children. The rescue was delayed, Winchell said, because the heavy cloud cover made it impossible to fly in with a helicopter. It cleared up enough to fly around 9:10 a.m.

"At approximately 9:35 a.m., a DEC Forest Ranger and emergency medical staff from Backcountry Rescue aboard a State Police Helicopter were able to hoist Mr. Strausser out and transport (him) to AMC (Adirondack Medical Center) in Saranac Lake," Winchell wrote in an e-mail Tuesday afternoon. "A DEC Forest Ranger on foot accompanied the two teenagers out to the Upper Works Trailhead. The forest ranger transported them to the hospital to be with their father."

Strausser was released from the hospital after medical evaluation and treatment, and the forest ranger transported all three of them back to their vehicle at the Upper Works trailhead.

Contact Nathan Brown at (518) 891-2600 ext. 26 or



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