DEC Region 5 search & rescue report

June/July 2012

Camping next to the Cedar River in Hamilton County along the Northville-Placid Trail

Camping next to the Cedar River in Hamilton County along the Northville-Placid Trail Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Wednesday, Aug. 15 released its Region 5 forest ranger search and rescue report for June and July 2012.

Essex County

Town of North Elba, High Peaks Wilderness Area

On Thursday, June 7, 2012, at about 9:11 am, DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call reporting an injured hiker at Marcy Dam. Melis Bursin, 28, of New York City, NY, had injured her ankle. The DEC Marcy Dam Caretaker assisted the woman stabilizing the injury. Two DEC Forest Rangers responded and transported Ms. Bursin by UTV to the trailhead at 10:20 pm. Ms. Burstin sought medical attention on her own.

Accidents can happen. Always carry a first aid kit and contact the DEC Forest Rangers at 518-891-0235 in backcountry emergencies.

Town of Keene, Eastern High Peaks Wilderness Area

On Friday, June 8, 2012, at about 1:25 am, DEC Central Dispatch received a call reporting two overdue hikers. Kathleen Gavin, 20, and Ernesto Perez, 26, both of New York City, NY, had planned a day hike of the Wolfjaw-Gothics Loop and were expecting to return that evening. A DEC Forest Ranger responded and found their vehicle still located at the St. Hubert’s parking lot where they had signed in the trail registry.

Four more DEC Forest Rangers responded to assist in the search. The pair of hikers was located at 6:30 am in good condition, although very tired. They had taken a wrong turn and eventually found their way to the John’s Brook Lodge. Forest Rangers escorted them to the Garden Trailhead at 8:43 am. They were given a courtesy ride back to their vehicle.

Know your abilities and the area you plan to hike. Always carry a map and compass, and know how to use them.

Town of Wilmington, High Peaks Wilderness Area

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