Rangers take part in multiple cliff rescues in the past week

RAY BROOK — In addition to the state forest ranger rescue incidents reported in Wednesday’s Enterprise, here are more that rangers responded to this past week in the Adirondacks. These included two rope rescues from cliffs in the Old Forge area, plus a high-angle rope rescue reported Wednesday on the St. Regis River in the town of Hopkinton.

Town of Webb

On Oct. 1 at 7:57 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook dispatch received a call from Herkimer County 911 requesting forest ranger assistance rescuing a 59-year-old woman from Oneida who became stranded during heavy rains on the cliff ledges on the east side of Bald Mountain.

Forest Rangers Matthew Savarie, Gary Miller and Luke Evans responded and brought gear to execute a high-angle rope rescue. At 8:45 p.m., the rangers located the woman and were assisted by the Old Forge and Eagle Bay fire departments in getting the woman and her dog the few hundred feet back up to the trail, where they were escorted back to the trailhead.

Town of Newcomb

On Oct. 5 at 12:05 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook dispatch received a call from a man reporting that his ex-wife was injured while hiking in the Santanoni range. He stated that he received a text message from the woman saying she had fallen and hit her head. She reported bleeding and told him that she was on her way back to the trailhead.

Forest Ranger Jamison Martin and Assistant Forest Ranger Brendan Jackson responded to assist. At 2:22 p.m., Martin advised that they were with the 41-year-old hiker from Red Hook and on their way out.

Once back at the Bradley Pond trailhead, they were met by Newcomb emergency medical services, which transported the woman to a local hospital for further medical treatment. All units were clear of the scene by 3 p.m.

Town of Inlet

On Oct. 5 at 1:25 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook dispatch received a call requesting assistance for a 59-year-old woman from Buffalo who dislocated her ankle while descending Rocky Mountain.

Forest Ranger Robert Coscomb responded and located the woman, stabilizing her injury. Additional resources were requested. Lt. Scott Murphy, rangers Miller and Savarie, and members of the Inlet and Old Forge fire departments arrived to assist. The woman was carried out in a rescue litter to the trailhead and transferred to where Inlet emergency medical services transported her to a local hospital for medical treatment.

Town of Webb

On Oct. 5 at 1:37 p.m., Herkimer County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook dispatch advising of a 73-year-old man from Central Square with an unstable knee injury on the Bald Mountain trail.

Lt. Murphy arrived on scene along with Old Forge and Eagle Bay fire departments, and headed up the trail, locating the injured man at 2:12 p.m. a quarter of the way up. The man was placed in a rescue litter, and rope rescue gear was used to lower him down 100 feet of rock face. At the trailhead, he was evaluated by Old Forge emergency medical services and refused further medical care.


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