Two Lost Hikers in Forest Rescued by Fire Personnel

Donald Odom III

Two lost hikers rescued after an extensive two hour search and rescue operation in the Shawangunk Ridge State Forest.

On Monday, May 27, 2019 at 7:50 p.m., the Sullivan County 911 center was made aware of two hikers that were lost in the Shawangunk Ridge State Forest in the area of Herlings Road. It is unclear where the hikers were going, but it is apparent that they lost course and ended up in a remote area off of a trail in the forest.

Summitville Fire Department and Wurtsboro Fire Department established a command center at the end of Herlings Road and began the search for the hikers using a team of ground volunteers who scoured the area. Two all-terrain vehicles were also deployed to assist in the search. The search began around 7:50 p.m. and the subjects were rescued by 10:00 p.m. They were quickly placed in a Mamakating First Aid Squad ambulance to be accessed for any injuries that could have been suffered while they were hiking.

Unconfirmed reports and radio chatter point to the two subjects being a mother and a young son. It appears that the subjects were able to call the dispatch center and request assistance. No injuries have been reported and it appears that only minor dehydration was suffered as a result of this incident.

We will update this as the story progresses.


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