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Rangers assist sick, injured hikers

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers responded to disoriented, sick and injured hikers in the Lake Placid area last week.

Elderly hiker rescue

Ray Brook dispatch received two calls from hikers on the Van Hoevenberg Trail at 8 a.m. on June 6. The hikers reported that another hiker, 79, from Texas, was on the second day of a solo hike up Mount Marcy and appeared unprepared and disoriented. Seven forest rangers responded and reached the hiker at 1:30 p.m., helping him down to Marcy Dam. The hiker said that he had lost the trail overnight.

Sick and injured hikers

The Adirondack Loj was contacted by a group of five college students at the Feldspar lean-to at 4:54 p.m. on June 6. The students reported that two hikers in their group were sick and one of the two hikers had also injured their leg in a fall. Five forest rangers responded. Rangers provided glucose to one of the hikers, who was experiencing diabetic issues, and helped the hikers back to the trailhead.

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