DEC: Two injured in weekend hiking accidents | Greene County | – Hudson Valley 360

HUNTER — An injured hiker and another who became ill were taken to area hospitals Saturday following two separate incidents in the Kaaterskill Falls area.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officials did not identify the two injured people. One is a 12-year-old boy from Brooklyn and the other is a 23-year-old woman from Philadelphia, Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman Jeff Wernick said.

The department released details of the accidents on Wednesday.

The first incident occurred in the area of the Stone Staircase.

At about 12:15 p.m., the boy from Brooklyn fell off the structure and fell down a steep embankment, Wernick said.

After receiving a 911 call from other members of the boy’s hiking party, forest rangers Robert Dawson, Katherine Fox and Jacob Skudlarek all responded to the area.

Dawson arrived at the boy’s location first and treated his unstable arm injury. Dawson also determined the boy could walk without bringing in additional rescue personnel to carry him out of the woods, Wernick said.

Dawson assisted the boy and his family to the Route 23A trailhead, where Hunter Ambulance was waiting to take him to Albany Medical Center for further treatment. All rangers were back in service at 2:33 p.m.

Several hours later Saturday, rangers were pressed into service again, called to the scene of a woman who became ill while hiking, Wernick said.

At about 7:45 p.m., the department received a call requesting forest ranger assistance for a woman experiencing persistent vomiting and weakness while hiking on the Kaaterskill Falls Trail, Wernick said.

Fox responded to the area with members of the Haines Falls Fire Company, Tannersville Rescue Squad, Cedar Grove and Centerville Fire Company, Hunter Ambulance and Greene County Paramedics.

Crews reached the woman by 8:30 p.m.

They carried her out of the woods to Laurel House Road, where the group was met by an ambulance to take the woman to the Albany Medical Center.

“DEC’s forest rangers continue to be on the front lines to help visitors get outside responsibly and get home safely, as well as to protect our state’s irreplaceable natural resources,” Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a statement Wednesday. “Rangers’ knowledge of first aid, land navigation and technical rescue …….


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