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Lost fishing group located by DEC rangers

THURMAN - A group of two men and six boys who got lost while fishing in mid-June were found a day later in the woods of Wilcox Lake Wild Forest were found by state Dept. of Environmental Conservation rangers and escorted back to their cars, the DEC reported this week.

June 13 at about 10:25 pm, the DEC was notified about a group overdue from a fishing trip to Cod Pond.

The rangers began a search for the men and the youths who ranged in age from 4 to 16 - all of Amsterdam, New York. About 11 hours after the call, a ranger made contact with the group while searching the Georgia Brook drainage and escorted them a mile out to state Rte. 8.

The group reported that after spending the day fishing, they became lost while hiking out and spent the night in the vicinity of Georgia Brook.

DEC Forest Rangers remind groups entering the back country to leave trip itineraries and contact number for emergency responders with someone at home. The DEC Forest Ranger emergency contact number is 891-0235.

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