Franklin County- A 40 year old Natural Bridge man was rescued over Labor Day Weekend after becoming lost and ill in the Adirondacks.
New York State DEC and Forest Ranger Officials say the man was attempting to climb the Saranac Six, a series of mountain peaks. A family member reported that she last spoke to the 40-year-old Natural Bridge resident at 11:00am, Saturday, September 2, when he said he was lost and ill on St. Regis Mountain. Five Forest Rangers responded, as well as a State Police helicopter with night vision capability. Neither the trail nor air search found any signs of the hiker.
By Sunday morning, 19 Rangers searched the area. However, heavy rains from the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey prevented helicopter flights. As the weather cleared on Monday morning, 26 Forest Rangers were involved with the search, with efforts supported by the Paul Smiths-Gabriel Fire Department, local search volunteers, State Police, and New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
At 8:40am Monday morning, helicopter personnel spotted a person signaling for help. A Forest Ranger was inserted to the location and helped secure the man for a lift. After hoisting him into the helicopter, the subject was flown to Saranac Lake Adirondack Medical Center, evaluated, and released.