• On Friday, Jan. 6, at approximately 3:40 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call from Franklin County 911 reporting two skiers lost on the trails at the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC). James Mort, 61, and Patricia Mort, 57, both of Red Hook, had skied off the main trail system and were at a gazebo on the far side of a secondary trail system. They declined the option of following their tracks back to the main trail or out to the road and back to the VIC, due to exhaustion and lack of lights. One DEC Forest Ranger responded and located the couple. They were escorted out to the road and transported back to the VIC.
“Know your route, the terrain and your physical capabilities,” Winchell said. “Always carry a light, a map and a compass.”
• On Saturday, Jan. 14, at approximately 4 p.m., while on routine state land patrol, a DEC Forest Ranger came upon an injured skier on the Newcomb Lake Road. Barbara Taylor, 58, of Long Lake, had fallen and injured her shoulder and ankle. She was exhausted and needed assistance getting out. The Forest Ranger splinted her injured ankle and evacuated Taylor by rescue toboggan. At 5:30 p.m. Taylor was returned to the trailhead parking areas where she indicated she would seek further medical treatment on her own.
“Accidents can happen,” Winchell said. “Always carry a first aid kit and contact the DEC Forest Rangers in backcountry emergencies.”
• On Saturday, Jan. 21, at approximately 1:36 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call reporting an injured hiker. Ruby Sulley, 58, of Keeseville, was hiking between Hopkins and Giant Mountains, when she fell and suffered a leg injury near the Giant Mountain lean-to at noon. Her hiking companions contacted Ray Brook Dispatch and two DEC Forest Rangers responded. Upon reaching Sulley, they assisted her as she continued to hike out. They reached the trailhead at 5:30 p.m. where Sulley indicated she would seek further medical attention on her own.