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Lost, injured hikers rescued

Forest rangers with the state Department of Environmental Conservation helped a lost hiker near OK Slip Falls and an injured hiker on the Cascade Mountain trail this past week in the Adirondacks.

Lost near OK Slip Falls

On Friday, April 9 at 2:30 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook dispatch received a call from New York State Police Troop B Command advising of a lost hiker in the OK Slip Falls area, in the Hamilton County town of Indian Lake. The hiker stated she became disoriented while hiking out and was standing near a river.

Forest Rangers Jason Scott and Gary Miller responded. Scott tried to call the 56-year-old woman from North Creek, but due to limited cell service, he instead texted her with instructions. Not knowing if she received the instructions, the rangers searched the trail and found the woman heading back in the correct direction. She had received the text message but could not send a reply. she and the rangers proceeded back to trailhead.

Helicopter for injured hiker

On Saturday, April 10 at 11:50 a.m., Essex County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook dispatch regarding a hiker who had fallen on a trail and suffered an injury while descending Cascade Mountain in the Essex County town of North Elba.

Forest Ranger Megan LaPierre responded to assist. The injured person was a 19-year-old woman from the Rochester suburb of Penfield, and the reporting party, an emergency medical technician, was escorting her down the trail to meet up with rescuers. Lapierre reached them at 1 p.m. and determined the woman’s injuries were more serious than first reported.

A New York State Police Aviation helicopter performed a hoist rescue, and the woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

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