Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Ranger Report July 17 2019

Ranger Report July 17 2019

Hamilton County

Town of Long Lake
Wilderness Rescue: On July 8 at 4:55 p.m., DEC's Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Hamilton County Emergency Service reporting an injured 71-year-old male hiker on Owls Head Mountain. The Baldwinsville man had apparently taken a fall just below the summit, dislocating his shoulder and hitting his head. The hiker continued to walk out until the pain forced him to stop. Forest Ranger James Waters responded with a member of the Long Lake Rescue Squad to intercept the hiker and provide first aid before walking him out to a waiting ambulance. At 6:18 p.m., the hiker and all personnel were back at the trailhead, and EMS staff tended to the hiker.

Town of Indian Lake
Wilderness Rescue: On July 9 at 7:07 p.m., DEC's Ray Brook Dispatch received a transferred call from a male caller from Binghamton who was on the summit of Blue Mountain in the Blue Mountain Wild Forest with his wife and two children, ages 10 and 6. The hiker's concern was that the kids were too tired to continue back down the mountain. The subject requested permission to drive his vehicle to the summit to retrieve his family, but Dispatch informed him that this was not an option and transferred his call to Forest Ranger Jason Scott. Forest Ranger Scott decided the best course of action would be to drive to the summit where the Ranger would give the 44-year-old mother and 6-year-old daughter a ride back down the mountain while the father and 10-year-old hiked down. Forest Ranger Scott arrived at the summit at 7:45 p.m., where he picked up the two hikers. He then proceeded to drive the pair to the trailhead where they met the rest of their party. At 8:50 p.m., the father and son emerged from the mountain and Forest Ranger Scott was clear of the scene.
Can you believe this? The nerve!

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