The following is a list of highlights of search and rescue missions conducted by New York Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers between February 26 and March 4, 2018.
Town of New Scotland
Wildland Search: Twenty-one DEC Forest Rangers assisted New York State Park Police to look for a 71-year-old Guilderland man throughout Thacher Park during the week of Feb. 26 without success. Field searching began Feb. 22, and concluded on March 1, as a Nor’easter dumped nearly two feet of snow on the park. By March 2, six state agencies, including 40 members of Department of Correctional and Community Services (DOCCS) Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT), Albany County Sheriff’s Department, eight Albany County fire departments, and 12 volunteer search and rescue teams had contributed 4,487 work-hours to the search. Search operations included 2,442 acres of intensive searching, 502 acres of extensive searching, 56.7 miles of trails, 355 acres of drone searching, and 4.5 square miles of State Police helicopter searching. No trace of the missing man was found. The search will transition to a limited-continuous search with additional field searching to occur once the snow melts.
Town of Harrietstown
Wilderness Rescue: On March 1, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch was notified by Franklin County 911 of an injured 71-year-old Duxbury, MA, man who had fallen on Ampersand Mountain. The hiker reported that he was disoriented from head and shoulder injuries and could not find the trail. Nine Forest Rangers were assigned to the rescue and found him within two hours of his call. A first aid assessment determined he needed further medical care. Rangers initiated a carry-out to a spot where the injured man could be hoisted by a State Police helicopter. Within four hours of his call, the hiker was at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.
Town of Horicon
Search for Snowmobiler: On March 3, Forest Ranger Charles Kabrehl was flagged down by a family who stated that a 73-year-old Brant Lake man had not returned from an expected short snowmobile ride. Kabrehl followed the snowmobile tracks, located the snowmobile, and found the man. His snowmobile had become stuck after he went off the trail, so he had walked back to his house to get another snowmobile to pull the stuck sled out. He was in good health and no further assistance was needed.
Town of Arietta
Snowmobile Accident Rescue: On March 4, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch was notified by Fulton County 911 of a snowmobile accident on Piseco Road. Two Forest Rangers were on snowmobiles within a mile of the accident location and found the accident on the Powley Road Snowmobile Trail. Rangers assisted Lake Pleasant EMS with the rescue and transport of the 33-year-old village of Wyoming man who required hospital treatment. The accident scene indicated the man was traveling too fast to make a turn on the trail and subsequently crashed into a tree.