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Rangers help injured hikers

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers helped a lost woman and two injured hikers last week in the Adirondacks.

Town of Webb

Just before 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14, a forest ranger heard radio chatter about a lost hiker in the Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness Area in the southwestern Adirondacks.

Two forest rangers, along with town of Webb police officers responded and located the 50-year-old Old Forge woman in good health just before 5 p.m. and rangers were clear of the incident at 5:38 p.m.

Town of North Elba

At just about 10:30 a.m., Essex County 911 transferred a call to DEC dispatch from a woman who said her mother had a possible broken ankle on the Henry’s Woods trails in Lake Placid.

GPS coordinates put the pair about a mile from the trailhead, and two rangers responded using a UTV. The hikers were located and brought back to the trailhead before noon, where they said they would seek medical attention on their own.

Town of Brighton

At 3:14 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, DEC dispatch received a call from a hiker with an unstable lower leg injury on St. Regis Mountain. The 18-year-old male from Alfred Station said he slipped on some roots and heard a pop in his ankle.

Six rangers and two members of Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks (SARNAK), along with members of the Paul Smiths-Gabriels Volunteer Fire Department, responded and began a litter carry out of the hiker after stabilizing the ankle. Private camp owners allowed rangers to enter their property to retrieve the man. The man was carried until the slope became less steep, then a wheel was put on the litter. He was taken to a ranger truck on the private property, transported to the trailhead before 8 p.m. and then was taken to a local hospital by Saranac Lake Rescue Squad ambulance.