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Two rescue missions in southern Adirondacks

Forest rangers with the state Department of Environmental Conservation responded to two search-and-rescue missions in the Adirondacks in the past week, both at the southern ends of the park.

Town of Webb

On April 30 at 10:57 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook dispatch received a call from Herkimer County 911 requesting forest ranger assistance in locating a 66-year-old man from Erieville, in Central New York. The man’s vehicle was located by family and New York State Police earlier in the day at his camp, but the man was nowhere to be found. Forest rangers — along New York State Police using a drone, State Police K-9, the Town of Webb Police Department and Herkimer County agencies — searched the area during the night with negative results.

At 9 a.m. on May 1, a State Police K-9 search team located the missing man near West Pond, a short distance from his camp. The subject had suffered an injury and was extremely cold. Search personnel immediately warmed and fed the man before transporting him to the Old Forge Volunteer Ambulance Corps, from which he was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment.

Town of Bleeker

On May 1 at 2:21 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook dispatch received a call from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office reporting a hiker with a possible femur fracture on the County Line Lake Trail in the Shaker Mountain Wild Forest. Forest Rangers Michael Thompson, David Nally and Ian Kerr responded, along with the Caroga Lake Fire Department.

The 37-year-old hiker from Gloversville was located approximately 1 mile up the trail by Kerr and fire department personnel. After providing medical care, Thompson and Nally coordinated with rescuers to package the hiker for extrication, utilizing a stokes litter and a six-wheel all-terrain vehicle. The hiker was transported to the trailhead and turned over to ambulance personnel for transportation to a local hospital for additional medical care.

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