Forest rangers rescue two hikers in Hunter

The Andrew Breedlove Trail marker in Hunter. Courtesy of NYS DEC

HUNTER — State forest rangers helped rescue two injured hikers in two different areas of Hunter, Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman Jeff Wernick said Wednesday.

Both hikers are from Nassau County, Wernick said.

The first incident took place Oct. 21, at about 11:20 a.m. Greene County 911 notified DEC that an unidentified man, 62, from Westbury, Long Island, passed out while hiking to the middle pool area of Kaaterskill Falls, Wernick said.

Forest Ranger John Gullen responded to the area and reached the hiker’s wife by phone. She told Gullen her husband had pre-existing medical conditions and would need assistance getting out of the woods, Wernick said.

Gullen found the hiker and provided him with water and food. After a short rest, the man was well enough to continue the hike out of the woods, Wernick said.

More than two hours later, the group reached Gullen’s vehicle. He gave the hiker and his wife a courtesy ride back to their vehicle in the Laurel House parking area, Wernick said. The hiker declined additional medical treatment and Gullen was cleared from the scene at 2 p.m.

The second hiker was injured Oct. 22, on the Roaring Kill Trail in Tannersville, Wernick said.

Greene County 911 notified DEC at about 9:20 p.m. that state police and Hunter police were requesting assistance to locate a hiker who was screaming for help, Wernick said. More than three-and-a-half hours later, the hiker was found.

The unidentified man, 41, from Plainview, suffered a twisted left knee, which Ranger Christine Nelson wrapped so the hiker could walk out of the woods, Wernick said. Nelson also provided food, Gatorade, and a flashlight.

The hiker said he lost track of time and due to darkness, had a difficult time finding his way out of the woods, Wernick said.

The man was escorted back to his vehicle at 1:15 a.m. He declined further medical attention, Wernick said.

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