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Rangers rescue injured hiker on Scarface

RAY BROOK — State forest rangers helped a Mohawk Valley woman with a possible broken leg get out of the woods this past weekend.

At 10:24 a.m. Saturday, the dispatch center at the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Ray Brook Region 5 headquarters received a request to help a 26-year-old woman from Hagaman, near Amsterdam, with a possible right leg fracture near the summit of Scarface Mountain. The Scarface trailhead is in Ray Brook about a block away from the DEC headquarters.

Six forest rangers took snowmobiles in to Scarface as far as possible and then hiked the rest of the way before reaching the injured hiker at noon, just below the summit.

The rangers evaluated the hiker and packaged her for carry-out down the trail. They reached the snowmobiles at 1:30 p.m. and transported the woman back to the trailhead.

She declined medical transport and told the rangers she would be transported by a personal vehicle to Saranac Lake for treatment. The incident concluded at 2:10 p.m.

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