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Forest rangers help two injured hikers in Greene County

Oct 30, 2022 12:45 am

Bill Williams is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media that two adult hikers were injured while hiking in Greene County and then rescued by New York State Forest Rangers in the past 10 days. Rangers Katherine Fox and John Franceschina responded on October 19, to the Warner Creek Trail after getting a call that a hiker had injured his leg, Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman Jeff Wernick said. The unidentified hiker was a 62-year-old man from Pennsylvania. Around 7 p.m., Franceschina arrived and walked up the trail to find the man in significant pain and unable to bend his leg. He gave the man ibuprofen and electrolytes and helped him back to the trailhead. Fox arrived and helped the hiker until Greene County paramedics arrived. They determined the hiker had overexerted himself and was dehydrated. The Warner Creek Trail runs for 20.7 miles in Lanesville. The second rescue occurred at Kaaterskill Falls on October 22. Rangers Robert Dawson and David Pachan were working at the Laurel House parking lot when a call came in for a subject who slipped and fell near the middle area of Kaaterskill Falls, Wernick said. The unidentified hiker was a 63-year-old woman from Brooklyn. When Dawson arrived he checked the viewing platform, but was unable to find her. Just as Dawson was hiking down to the lower falls, Greene County 911 alerted the rangers that the woman was near the top of the falls, Wernick said. The woman was soon found, calm but weak, and she was attempting to slowly walk back to the trailhead with the help of her friends. Greene County paramedics arrived a short time later and after a brief rest, the woman decided to find medical help on her own. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.

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