Forest rangers help snowmobilers

Forest rangers with the state Department of Environmental Conservation responded to multiple snowmobile calls in the North Country over the last couple of weeks. Rangers assisted lost, missing and injured snowmobilers.

Missing from Moose River

On March 17 at 1:25 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch requested forest ranger assistance in the search for a missing snowmobiler last seen the previous night in the Moose River Plains. Ten forest rangers started clearing trails from Cedar River Flow toward Inlet, and from Long Lake and Newcomb toward Indian Lake. After clearing these trails, rangers moved on to the Seventh Lake Mountain Trail, working with Inlet and Webb Police.

Approximately 2-and-a-half miles from the Seventh Lake boat launch, Ranger Gary Miller found footprints and spots in the snow where the subject had sat down. At 7:45 p.m., Miller reached the 61-year-old from Plattekill. The subject was able to get to his feet and get on Miller’s snowmobile. At 9:30 p.m., they reached emergency medical services at the boat launch. Rangers recovered the subject’s snowmobile. Resources were clear at 10:20 p.m.

Lost at Nichols

On March 18 at 8:45 p.m., forest rangers Andrew Lewis and Robert Praczkajlo responded to a report of a lost snowmobiler near Nichols Pond. A 41-year-old from Saddlebrook was riding off-trail, left his snowmobile and tried hiking out using the trails. At 10:18 p.m., rangers found the snowmobiler and returned him to his group.

Crash near Indian Lake

On March 19 at 11:10 a.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch requested forest ranger assistance after a snowmobile accident between Ranger Headquarters at Moose River Plains and Indian Lake. Ranger Lt. Ian Kerr and rangers Nicholas Caswell, Chelsea Geyer and Neilson Snye responded with the Indian Lake fire department.

Rangers reached the 53-year-old from Greenwich before noon and assessed injuries. Rangers packaged the subject and transported him down the trail to Cedar River Road. An Indian Lake ambulance then took the patient to the hospital. Resources were clear at 1:33 p.m.


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