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Injured hiker airlifted

September 10, 2013
By MIKE LYNCH - Outdoors Writer (mlynch@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE PLACID - A woman was airlifted off Lower Wolf Jaw Mountain Sunday evening after she injured her leg and couldn't move, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Sarah Houde, 33, of Ballston Spa, had been hiking on the Bennies Brook Slide with her husband when she slipped and injured her lower leg.

Looking for assistance, Houde's husband hiked to Johns Brook Lodge to report the incident. At 3:40 p.m., the lodge caretaker called the state Department of Environmental Conservation's dispatch center in Ray Brook to report the incident.

Shortly afterward, a forest ranger was dispatched. Houde's husband and the DEC caretaker at the Johns Brook Outpost then hiked back to her. The caretaker assessed Houde's injuries and determined that she was not able to walk out on her own.

The DEC caretaker applied a splint to her leg and a state police helicopter with a forest ranger came in and hoisted her off the mountain flying her to the Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid for further evaluation and treatment.

The Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department secured the helicopter landing zone at the hospital at 5:30 p.m.

(This article has been corrected.)

 
 

 

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