Hiker dies on trail in Kaaterskill Wild Forest

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From State DEC Office:

Town of Hunter,Greene County-Wilderness Recovery: On August 24, state and local police and Forest Rangers responded to a report of an unresponsive man collapsed on a hiking trail in the Kaaterskill Wild Forest. Within 30 minutes, Rangers and paramedics were attempting life-saving efforts on the 65-year-old Rhinebeck man. State Police and Environmental Conservation Police Officers conducted an on-scene investigation pending a coroner’s finding.

two other separate incidents where hikers were injured:


Town of Hunter,Greene County-Wildland Rescue: On August 21, DEC Forest Rangers rescued a 16-year-old YMCA camper hit by a falling rock while climbing a waterfall. The youth was knocked unconscious into a pool of water. Rangers and local paramedics and ambulance personnel stabilized the youth in rescue equipment designed to move patients with head or spinal injuries. It took an estimated five hours to bring the youth to a waiting ambulance for transportation Columbia Memorial Hospital.


Town of Hunter,Greene County-Wilderness Rescue: On August 25, DEC Forest Rangers responded to an injured hiker with a knee injury. Seven DEC Rangers responded along with Tannersville Fire, Rescue and Paramedics. Due to the rugged terrain and nature of injury, the 37-year-old Binghamton man needed to be evacuated by helicopter. Within five hours, Rangers had the injured hiker hoisted into a State Police helicopter, transferred to Hunter Ambulance, and transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital.

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