Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at about 1 p.m. DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office reporting a person with a back injury on the Hope Falls trail. Due to the lack of cell service and radio coverage in the area, additional information was difficult to obtain.
Four forest rangers and Hope Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene. Nicholas Colasurdo, 52, Rochester, was taking pictures of Hope Falls when he slipped on the rocks and fell on his back. He was able to get himself back to the trail, but couldn't walk any further.
The rangers started to transport him by UTV, but the vibration of the ride was too much for Colasurdo to tolerate. Instead, forest rangers and firemen carried him out.
Colasurdo was transported by ambulance to Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville.
Town of Long Lake, Sargent Pond Wild Forest
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at about 8:25 p.m. DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call reporting an overdue hunter.
Arthur Bubb, 48, Mechanicville, was hunting with a group of friends but had not been seen or heard from since noon. His hunting party had made several attempts to locate him, but with no success.
Three forest rangers responded and quickly located Bubb, who was on his way back to his hunting camp. He had shot a deer at about 2:15 p.m. and had spent time tracking, dragging and cutting it up.
Town of Inlet, Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at about 8:15 p.m., DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call reporting two overdue hunters.
Dell Hilbreth, 55, Savannah, N.Y., and Tony Hilbreth, 31, Liverpool, NY, were supposed to meet the rest of their hunting party back at their camp at 4:30 p.m., but had not yet returned. Two forest rangers responded and began searching for the men.
After several hours of searching both of the Hilbreths were located in good health. They had missed the trail they had planned take out of the woods. When they encountered Pine Grove Creek they followed it downstream until dark and then built a fire.
The rangers escorted them out of the woods and back to their camp and were clear of the incident at 2 a.m.