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Rangers rescue hikers over weekend

July 3, 2012
By MIKE LYNCH - Outdoors Writer (mlynch@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Forest rangers rescued hikers in two separate incidents in recent days.

On Sunday afternoon, Montreal resident Yoseph Middleton, 38, fell about a quarter-mile from the summit of Cascade Mountain and injured his ankle, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Middleton was evacuated from the summit by a state police helicopter and taken to Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid at about 4:30 p.m.

On Friday afternoon, forest rangers, with the help of local emergency workers, carried out 70-year-old Bernard Rose of Billings, Mt., after he injured his knee near Moss Lake in the Herkimer County town of Webb.

The rescue started after Forest Ranger Pete Evans overheard radio traffic from Herkimer County regarding a subject who was injured on the Sis and Bubb Trail. Evans reached Rose at about 4:30 p.m and determined Rose had displaced his kneecap on this right leg. Evans requested and received help from several more rangers. Rose was then carried out a few hundred yards. From there, a low-angle belay was performed to get him down a half-mile stretch of woods to Route 28, where he was loaded into an ambulance and taken to a Utica area hospital.

 
 

 

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