A 66 year old man, who has dementia, was lost in the woods for close to four hours today in New Lebanon, in close to 90 degree heat. The Columbia County Sheriff's Office and State Police responded after they were called around 1:18pm.
The good news is the mas was wearing an "Project Lifesaver" bracelet, that can be tracked to where the patient is located. Sheriff David Bartlett says, they located him on top of a mountain, off County Route 5, after an hour searching.
Chatham rescue treated him for some minor injuries from a fall.
Picture below of sheriff's deputies using Project Lifesaver.
Project Lifesaver is a rapid response program that aids victims, (and their families), who wander as a result of Alzheimer's, Autism, Down Syndrome or Dementia. It uses state of the art technology and specifically trained Deputy Sheriff's to locate those individuals who have wandered and may be lost and otherwise in peril.
Project Lifesaver clients wear a watch type wrist band transmitter which emits a tracking signal. When a caregiver, parent or guardian reports that someone is missing and may have wandered away, a search team from the Sheriff's Office responds to the area of last contact. Even while responding, the Sheriff's Office has the ability to monitor for the tracking signal from a specially equipped Sheriff's patrol vehicle. When arriving in the area of last contact, a hand held directional unit will be used for further search of areas not accessible by vehicle.
The wrist bands are issued free of charge. for those with Autism, Down Syndrome, Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia or other cognitive impairments or other qualifying diagnosis, please call Columbia County Sheriff's Office at 518-828-0601 and ask for the Project Lifesaver Coordinator.
If a person does not qualify for a free wrist band, they may still participate in the program by purchasing one.
Project Lifesaver greatly increases the ability of the Sheriff's Office to find someone who may be disoriented and has wandered and may be lost, and return them safely to their family or caregiver.