It was a busy day for these Forest Rangers, dealing with two difficult rescues one after another.
Ray Brook Dispatch recently received two calls in one day, both involving injured hikers in the Town of Keene. One had suffered a knee injury on Basin Mountain, while the other was dealing with an ankle injury on Mount Colden.
Due to their location, NYS Forest Rangers knew it wouldn't be easy to get to either hiker. They needed help from above, and they knew exactly who to call.
Air Support to the Rescue
The New York State Police (NYSP) came in quickly with their rescue helicopter, working side-by-side with the Forest Rangers to execute the rescue.
They first went to Mount Colden, where they found a 20-year-old from Binghamton with the injured ankle. AFR Jackson was able to hike up to the hikers location and stabilize their ankle.
She was then transported to the Lake Colden outpost, where the patient was flown to the hospital from there.
The second rescue was more difficult. Rangers Lewis and O'Connor had to be flown above Basin Mountain, where they had to be lowered by hoist to the hiker. The 35-year-old from Painted Post was then harnessed and safely raised into the helicopter.
She was quickly flown to the hospital for further treatment.
No matter where you in the great outdoors, a freak injury can happen at any time and in any place. Kudos to the NYSP and Forest Rangers for working so well together to save these distressed hikers.
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