Thursday, November 21, 2019

Ranger Rescues in Long Lake and Benson

Forest Ranger Report Nov 21 2019

LONG LAKE--On Nov. 14 at 8:10 p.m., Hamilton County 911 transferred a call to DEC's Ray Brook Dispatch requesting assistance with a search for an 82-year-old overdue hunter near Sagamore Lake. The hunter from Chittenango went out earlier in the day but had not been heard from since and his vehicle was still parked at Great Camp Sagamore. His son became concerned as night was settling in and called for assistance to locate his father. Forest Rangers Gary Miller and Jason Scott responded to the location to begin a ground search with other emergency responders. With fresh snow covering the wilderness area, the Rangers quickly found the hunter's trail. At 10:08 p.m., it was relayed that New York State Police were with the hunter back at his vehicle. The subject had walked out on his own, a bit later than planned.

BENSON--On Nov. 16 at 9:38 p.m., DEC's Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a man concerned he had not heard from his ex-wife who was late for an appointment. He last spoke to her at 2 p.m., as she was leaving to hike an approximately 12-mile section of the Northville-Placid Trail between Benson and Northville. The caller suspected that the 36-year-old woman from Gloversville was hiking alone. He located her vehicle at the Benson Trailhead. Forest Rangers Ian Kerr, Andrew Lewis, and Jason Scott responded. At 12:43 a.m., Forest Ranger Kerr advised DEC's Central Dispatch that they had located the woman who was experiencing pain in her right leg. The Rangers began walking her out of the woods. Once back at the trailhead, the hiker was transported to a local hospital by the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps for further medical treatment. All Rangers were cleared from the scene a short time later.

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