HUNTER — It was a busy Labor Day weekend for state forest rangers and first responders, with two more rescues in Greene County involving 11 hikers.
On Sept. 3, at about 11:54 a.m., rangers received a report that an unidentified man, 39, from Croton-on-Hudson, slipped while hiking in the Kaaterskill Wild Forest.
The man broke his ankle on the escarpment trail near the Artist Rock in an area located just above North Lake in the town of Hunter, Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman Jomo Miller said Thursday.
Forest Rangers Katherine Fox, Jeffrey Breigle, and Assistant Forest Ranger Aaron France responded to the area, along with Greene County Paramedics, the Twin Cloves Technical Rescue Team, and firefighters from Haines Falls, Cedar Grove, and Tannersville, Miller said.
The injured man was treated for his injury, secured in a stretcher, and was carried out of the woods to a waiting Hunter Ambulance, which took him to Columbia Memorial Health for further treatment, Miller said.
The rescue took over 2 1/2 hours.
The second rescue took place in the Indian Head Wilderness Area in the Catskill Forest Preserve on Sunday, Miller said.
At about 9 p.m. a group of 10 adult hikers from downstate called Greene County 911 to report they were lost, Miller said.
Darkness had set in and the group was concerned about hiking on the cliffs near the Plattekill Creek in the dark, Miller said.
Rangers Robert Dawson, Katherine Fox, Jeffrey Breigle and Kevin Slade began walking to the area to assist the lost hikers.
After the rangers made voice contact with the hikers, they began cutting through the thick brush across the steep terrain to reach them, Miller said.
Rangers then used rope systems to assist in getting the hikers up the steep terrain and back to the road, Miller said.
Everyone was safely out of the woods by 4:18 a.m., more than nine hours after reporting they were lost, Miller said.
None of the hikers were injured. Four of them were from Flushing, four from Elmhurst, and two from Westbury, Miller said.