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Woman injures leg on Algonquin hike

September 13, 2011
By NATHAN BROWN - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE PLACID - An Albany-area woman injured her leg on Algonquin Peak Sunday afternoon and had to be airlifted out.

State Department of Environmental Conservation dispatchers received a call from a member of a hiking party at 3:15 p.m., saying one of their party was injured, according to DEC spokesman David Winchell. Andrea Bakic, 23, of Guilderland, had a lower leg injury and was unable to walk. She was found on the trail just above the intersection with the trail to Wright Peak.

The state police helicopter out of Lake Clear was on another assignment and unable to assist in her rescue, Winchell said. An assistant forest ranger who was patrolling nearby and the Algonquin Mountain summit steward, who was already on the mountain, reached Bakic first. The assistant forest ranger applied a splint to her lower leg and, along with the summit steward and other members of the hiking party, began to help her down the trail toward the Adirondak Loj.

Eight DEC forest rangers responded to assist with the 4-mile carry out, reaching Bakic after she had traveled a quarter-mile. At 6:25 p.m., state police aviation contacted DEC dispatch and said they would be available to assist. The rangers prepared her for hoisting into the helicopter.

Bakic was transported to Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid at 7:50 p.m. She was treated and released.



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