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Adirondack Rangers Respond to Unusual Amount of Search and Rescue Missions

Friends walking in the natureMany people enjoy climbing New York’s highest peak, Mount Marcy, which reaches 5,344 feet, as well as hike, fish, and explore the region surrounding. The Adirondacks spans more than 6 million acres, a huge portion of NY State’s upper portion.

But although it spans such a large area, it’s strange for Adirondack rangers to respond to multiple search and rescue missions at one time. However, this past September, that’s exactly what happened.

Between Sept. 19 and Sept. 25, Adirondack rangers responded to a total of eight search and rescue calls, including lost hikers and hunters, an overdue fisherman, and an injured cave explorer.

An overdue fisherman was reported missing on Sept. 19 by a concerned person in the town of Indian Lake. A 50-year-old man from Bolton Landing did not return from his fishing trip the previous day, as expected. Dispatchers received notice of a ping from his cell phone at the Blue Mountain Lake cell tower in Warren County. The man was later found in the town of Newcomb, 12 miles away from his vehicle. He was reportedly in good health.

Just three days later, on Sept. 21, in the same town, a man called 911 to report that his caving partner had sustained a serious head injury in Eagle Cave on Chimney Mountain. The injured person in question was a 24-year-old man from Waterville, NY, who was rescued from the cave and evaluated by forest rangers and ALS medics. He was later transported by helicopter to the University of Vermont Medical Hospital in Burlington, VT.

Indian River was the site of another incident on Sept. 25, when a family of five from the Bronx was reported missing during a hike through the Blue Mountain Lake Snowmobile Trail. Forest rangers used sirens to find the family, and assisted them to their vehicle.

Two injuries were reported in the town of North Elba on Sept. 24, regarding a 25-year-old woman from Montreal, QC, CA, as well as a 25-year-old man from Syracuse. After rangers reported to the scenes with utility terrain vehicles; both parties said they would seek outside medical attention. The incidents were unrelated.

In the town of Keene, a 44-year-old man from Harbourton, NJ was reportedly distressed at the summit of Gothics. While strong winds prevented aviators from delivering rangers directly to the hiker, an assistant forest ranger made it to the man and helped him descend the mountain.

A 36-year-old hunter from Watertown, NY reported himself lost on Sept. 25. The man said that he was leaving the woods off of Route 12 (Bradley Road) in Watertown when he turned himself around and became lost. He did not have a map, compass, or flashlight on his person. A ranger attempted to find the man using a siren, but after that failed, the ranger located him in the woods and returned him to safety.

Minutes after that call, in Dresden, a 28-year-old man from Sherburne, NY called to report himself lost on Black Mountain. He was quickly located and provided a ride by the ranger to the Hog Town parking lot.

When planning a trip to the Adirondacks this fall, first consult the Department of Environmental Conservation‘s Adirondack Backcountry Information, as well as the hiking safety guide.