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Spring DEC Search and Rescue Report

June 23, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Rescue at Calamity Brook lean-to

DEC dispatch in Ray Brook received a report at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, from a forest ranger regarding an injured woman at the Calamity Brook lean-to. Shauna DeSantis, 57, of Glens Falls injured her knee and ankle and was unable to walk on her own. A state police helicopter was requested and dispatched to the area. The Lake Colden caretaker and another forest ranger also responded. DeSantis was hoisted out and airlifted to Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid at 5:10 p.m.

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Town of Keene, High Peaks Wilderness

DEC dispatch in Ray Brook received a request for assistance at about 5 p.m. Friday, April 20 from a hiking group on the Brothers. A member of their group, Christopher Powers-O'dor, of Binghamton was in distress and was unable to walk on his own. Three forest rangers responded and reached the group about 2.5 miles from the Garden Trailhead at about 5:21 p.m. The forest rangers provided food and water and assisted walking Powers-O'Dor to the trailhead. He was transferred to Keene Valley Rescue ambulance for transport to the Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid at 9:22 p.m.

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Five hikers overdue

DEC central dispatch in Albany received a phone call at about 11:10 p.m. Thursday, May 3 from Essex County 911 reporting five hikers overdue from a day hike in the town of Newcomb in the Dix Mountain Wilderness. David Guirola, Jessica Lasprilla, Yandy Rodriguez, Edward Garcia and Kevin Gonzales (no ages available) all of Miami, FL had left from an inn at Schroon Lake at 10 a.m. and traveled to the Upper Works Trailhead for a hike into the High Peaks. When they had not returned by 11 p.m. staff at the inn called 911.

While two forest rangers prepared to respond to the search, a state police trooper reported locating the group's vehicle in the Upper Works Trailhead parking lot. The two forest rangers searched the trails through the rainy night to no avail. The next morning six additional forest rangers joined the search, with two entering the High Peaks Wilderness from the north. At 10:05 a.m. the group was located near Calamity Brook. They were wet and cold but otherwise healthy. After rehydrating and warming them, forest rangers escorted the group back to their vehicle. Know your abilities and the area you plan to hike.

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Fall at Split Rock Falls

DEC dispatch in Ray Brook received a call at about 10:30 p.m Thursday, May 17 from Essex County 911 reporting an injured camper who had fallen about 30 feet at the Split Rock Falls in Elizabethtown in the Giant Mountain Wilderness. William Tayler, 19, of Gansevoort, was suffering from a possible head injury and broken bones. Two forest rangers responded and along with volunteers from Keene Valley Fire Department, Elizabethtown Fire Department and Backcountry Search & Rescue. Tayler was packaged and carried out to an awaiting Elizabethtown Emergency Medical Squad ambulance. He was transported to Elizabethtown Hospital and then on to Albany Medical Center by a New York State Police Aviation Unit helicopter.

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Hikers split up

DEC dispatch in Ray Brook received a call at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 from the hiking partner of man reported lost on the west side of the Ausable Lakes valley in the town of Keene in the High Peaks Wilderness. After climbing over Lower Wolfjaw Mountain, the pair had descended to the Wedge Brook Trail to a campsite. The partner left to scout the area and upon return found Jason Wainwright, 20, of Cheektowaga gone. Two forest rangers responded and proceeded to the Wedge Brook Trail. Wainwright was located after one hour of searching the intersection of the Wedge Brook and West River trails.

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Injured near Indian Falls

DEC dispatch in Ray Brook received a report at about 4:20 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, from Essex County 911 of an injured hiker in the town of North Elba in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness. Valerie Scanlon, 62, of Troy was descending the Van Hoevenburg Trail about one mile above Indian Falls when she fell and struck a rock causing multiple minor injuries. Two forest rangers and an assistant forest ranger responded. They assisted Scanlon down to Marcy Dam, where she was evacuated by UTV and given treatment for her injuries. She drove herself to Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid for further evaluation and treatment.

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Long slide on Big Slide

DEC dispatch in Ray Brook received a report at about 12:55 p.m. On Sunday, May 27 from an assistant forest ranger of an injured hiker in the town of North Hudson in the High Peaks Wilderness. Kevin Seaman, 44, of Walworth was hiking on Big Slide Trail and while descending he slid 100 feet down the trail before landing on his feet, being thrown forward and hitting his head. He continued on until he encountered an assistant forest ranger on patrol. Seaman complained of severe back pain and explained what had happened. Two forest rangers responded in a state police aviation unit helicopter. Seaman was stabilized on a backboard, given first aid and hoisted to the helicopter. He was flown directly to Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, Vt.

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Medical condition flares up

DEC dispatch in Ray Brook received a call at about 8:18 p.m. Monday, May 28 from a hiker who was in distress. Jim Kirkby, 55, of Ray Brook, was descending Lower Wolf Jaw with his daughter towards the Rooster Comb trailhead in the town of Keene in the High Peaks Wilderness. He was experiencing problems due to a medical condition. Neither he nor his daughter had headlamps with them and he was concerned that they would get caught in the dark. Two forest rangers responded and located Kirkby and his daughter about a mile from the trailhead. After providing Kirkby with food and water, the forest rangers escorted the pair back to their vehicle. Kirkby refused any further medical attention.

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Rattled on Rattlesnake Mountain

DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call at about 9:18 p.m. Thursday, May 31, reporting two lost hikers on Rattlesnake Mountain, which is on private land in the town of Willsboro. Chuck Ko and Colin Yost, both 19 years old and from Plattsburgh, had reached the mountain summit at 8 p.m. but lost the trail when they were descending at about 9 p.m. Neither Ko or Yost had warm clothing or headlamps. Three forest rangers responded and located the two men at 11:18 p.m. in good condition. They were escorted out of the woods and back to their vehicle.

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Stuck on Saddleback Mountain

DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call at about 2:33 p.m. Sunday, June 3, requesting assistance with a hiker in distress in the town of Keene in the High Peaks Wilderness. Ruby Salley, 58, of Keeseville had just descended Saddleback with four other women, when she began having problems walking. The other members of her group provided fluids and food and began escorting Salley down the Phelps Trail. Four forest rangers responded and assisted Salley down the trail to the Garden Trailhead and her vehicle.

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Solo hiker overdue

DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call at about 8:20 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, reporting an overdue solo hiker in the town of Newcomb in the High Peaks Wilderness. Jack Lawler, 61, of Amherst, was due to return home on Sunday evening from a weekend trip in the Santanoni Mountains. One forest ranger responded and located Lawler's vehicle at the Bradley Pond trailhead. Shortly after, Lawler was located returning to his vehicle. He was overdue but in good condition.

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Sick hiker at Raquette Falls

DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a report at about 6:57 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 from the DEC Raquette Falls Caretaker requesting assistance with evacuating a sick hiker in the town of Harrietstown in the High Peaks Wilderness. Marissa Pavlus, 22, of Old Forge, was in severe pain. A forest ranger responded to Axton Landing on the Raquette River while the caretaker transported Pavlus by boat to that location. The forest ranger transported her to the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake for treatment.

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Lost near Good Luck Lake

DEC dispatch in Ray Brook received a call from Hamilton County Sheriffs at about 6:50 a.m., on Sunday, April 8, reporting an overdue group of hikers in the town of Arietta in the Ferris Lake Wild Forest. Brett Scrader, 20, Zack Gill, 19, and Ethan Tinker, 21, all from Johnstown left for a hike on the Good Luck Lake Trail System the previous afternoon at about 3 p.m. They were expected to return back at about 7 p.m. Six forest rangers responded and found that the young man's vehicle was still parked at the trailhead. Scrader, Gill and Tinker were located in good condition at 12:12 p.m. and escorted back to their vehicle.

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Boys missing on Blue Mountain

DEC dispatch in Ray Brook received a call from Hamilton County 911 at about 7:33 p.m. on Monday, May 28, advising of two lost 10-year-old boys from Utica in the town of Indian Lake in the Blue Mountain Wild Forest. The boys were part of a youth hike on Blue Mountain and had run ahead and became separated from the group. They were separated for about 1.5 hours before the leader sought help. Five forest rangers responded to the site only to learn the boys had been reunited with their group while the forest rangers were in route.

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Injured ankle on Good Luck Mountain

DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call from Hamilton County 911 at about 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, reporting an injured hiker on Good Luck Mountain in the town of Arietta in the Silver Lake Wilderness. Wayne Gensler, 65, of New Hartford, was descending alone from the summit of the mountain when his foot got caught on a root and he fell, injuring his ankle. Four forest rangers responded along with Caroga Lake and Fulton County Emergency Medical Services. Gensler's ankle was splinted and he was carried out two miles, which required some low-angle rope relays across some portions of the trail. Caroga Lake Fire Department met the group on the shores of Good Luck Lake with their boat and transported Gensler to a parking area along State Route 10. There he was transferred to an ambulance and taken for further medical evaluation and treatment.

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Disoriented near French Point Mountain

DEC dispatch in Ray Brook received a call at about 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, from Matthew Cleary, 20, who was hiking the Tongue Mountain Range with his father, Kevin Clearly, 58, and his 16-year-old brother, all from Delmar. The Tongue Mountain Range is in the town of Bolton in the Lake George Wild Forest. Cleary realized they had missed a trail junction but without a map or compass was unable to determine their location. Warren County 911 provided cell phone coordinates which showed the group just south of French Point Mountain. Two forest rangers responded and were able to direct the three hikers via cell phone to continue to travel north on the trail. The forest rangers began hiking in from the Clay Mountain trailhead and reached the reached the group at 9:49 p.m. All were out of the woods at 11:56 p.m.

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Overdue paddlers on Sacandaga

DEC dispatch in Ray Brook received a call at about 7:20 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, reporting two overdue paddlers on the Sacandaga River in the town of Johnsburg in the Siamese Pond Wilderness Area. The caller had been waiting for more than four hours to pick up his friends Kurtis Coutere, 21, and Carl Shionst, 48, both from Massachusetts, who had been canoeing down the Sacandaga River. Two forest rangers responded and as they arrived on scene to begin the search, the two men came out of the woods on their own.

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Fire on Roger's Rock

DEC dispatch in Ray Brook received a call at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, from the DEC assistant caretaker at Rogers Rock Campground in the town of Hague regarding two lost hikers. He was in cell phone contact with Samuel Nerenburg, 21, of Averill Park, and Kerri Coburn, 20, of Cohoes who had been hiking the Orange Trail from the campground. They were on a trail, but had no map so they didn't know where they were. Two forest rangers responded to Rogers Rock. The two men built a fire which was easily seen by the forest rangers. The two men were located and escorted back to the campground.

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Rescue on Buck Mountain

DEC dispatch in Ray Brook received a call from a forest ranger at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, advising he was in route to a rescue on Buck Mountain in the town of Fort Ann in the Lake George Wild Forest. Two more forest rangers responded to assist in helping Kristen Wetsel, 29, of Saratoga Springs who had an ankle injury. Wetsel was carried a short distance and then transported by ATV to the trailhead. There she was placed in an ambulance and transported to Glens Falls Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

 
 

 

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