Recent actions from NYS DEC rangers:
City of Lewis
Wilderness rescue: At 11:15 a.m. on October 27, Essex County 911 contacted DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch to report that a 66-year-old hiker from Elizabethtown suffered a weightless knee injury atop Mount Fay. Due to the location of the hiker, NYSP Aviation was approached and Ranger Lt. Burns and Ranger Praczkajlo were recovered to perform a winch rescue. At 12:40 p.m., Lt. Burns was inserted at the hiker site, assessed his injuries, and packed the subject for summit extraction. The injured hiker was returned to Lake Placid EMS and transported to a local hospital.
Photo: hiker rescued from Mount Fay
City of North Elba
Wilderness rescue: On October 30 at 6:17 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a hiker reporting that two members of his group were late for the Mount Marcy hike. The pair were last seen at the summit around 2:30 p.m., with only their cell phones as the light source. Forest Ranger Evans responded at the trailhead to meet with the report. At 7:06 p.m., Ranger Evans located the Ithaca hikers aged 24 and 26, gave them headlamps and escorted the couple to the parking lot where they met their group of hikers at 7:48 p.m.
Town of Waverly
Joint Law Enforcement Operation: On October 30, Rangers Balerno and Praczkajlo, along with Environmental Conservation Police Officer (ECO) Cranker, conducted a joint Santa Clara Easement law enforcement operation in the city by Waverly. Forest rangers have previously located illegal deer hunting activities, including blind people on the ground baited with corn, apples and clumps of minerals. To avoid detection, the Rangers were dropped off by ECO Cranker around 5:00 p.m. and walked a mile to the baited pits. After checking the first grandstand, Ranger Balerno found and detained a subject and his radio, while Ranger Praczkajlo proceeded to check the second grandstand, which was also occupied. Both subjects were presented to ECO Cranker who came to meet them. Six tickets were issued by ECO Cranker, including hunting deer over bait, establishing a salt lick and failing to have a hunting license.
Town of North Hudson
Stranded kayaker: On October 31, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a report of a beached kayak in the North Arm of the Boquet River. Ranger Lt. LaPierre, Ranger Evans and Assistant Ranger Raudonis responded to the scene and found the kayak stuck between a boulder and a log just upstream of the confluence of the north and south arms of the river. Rangers swept the shore of the river, downstream and upstream, and checked all entrances and exits to find the kayaker. Other whitewater kayakers in the area volunteered to help remove the pinned kayak. The owner of the kayak then contacted Dispatch to report himself as the kayaker missing after being rescued from the river by another kayaker with a jet bag after being unable to handle the water levels and the intensity of the rapids after the rain.
Photo: Kayak trapped on the Boquet River
Make sure you prepare well and plan ahead before entering the backcountry. Visit the DECs Smart NY hike, Information about the Adirondack hinterland, and Catskill hinterland information web pages for more information.
If a person needs a ranger, whether for search and rescue, to report a forest fire, or to report illegal activity on state lands and easements, they should call 833- NYS-RANGERS. If someone needs urgent assistance, they can call 911. To contact a ranger for information on a specific location, the DEC website has phone numbers for each Ranger listed by region.