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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.

— On Friday, June 8, 2012, at about 10:32 am, DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call from Essex County 911 reporting a person who had injured his legs jumping in The Flume on the West Branch Ausable River. Four DEC Forest Rangers, Wilmington Fire and Rescue and Lake Placid Fire and Rescue all responded to the scene. Timothy McCaffrey, 28, of Port Henry, was packaged and airlifted via Life Flight to Fletcher Allen Hospital.

Know your abilities and the area you plan to recreate.

Town of Keene, Dix Mountain Wilderness Area

On Sunday, June 10, 2012, at about 2:44 pm a DEC Forest Ranger on patrol came upon a motorcycle accident on Route 73 in the town of Keene.

Gregory Pruer, 37, of Wantaugh, NY and his passenger were seriously injured in the accident. The Forest Ranger secured the scene and called DEC Ray Brook Dispatch for additional emergency response resources.

Keene Valley Fire and Rescue and the State Police responded to the scene. Mr. Pruer was packaged and transported to Marcy Field where State Police Aviation flew him to Fletcher Allen Hospital. The passenger on the motorcycle was packaged and transported to Elizabethtown Community Hospital.

Forest Rangers have police officer status and are first responders.

Town of Schroon, Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area

On Friday, June 15, 2012, at about 7:11 pm, DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call from a DEC Assistant Forest Ranger reporting an injured person. Robert Johnson, 23, of Bloomington, MN, was working as a member of the Student Conservation Association Adirondack Program’s Trail Crew when he fell and was unable to bear any weight on his leg. Two DEC Forest Rangers responded and assisted Mr. Johnson out to the trailhead, where he was able to drive himself to Glens Falls Hospital for evaluation.

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