Hikers Battle Hypothermia Awaiting Rescue in Ulster County
Multiple hikers suffered hypothermia, while one lost consciousness over the weekend in Ulster County.
On Sunday afternoon, two hikers in the Slide Mountain Wilderness Area reported to 911 that they needed assistance descending the mountain.A subsequent call reported that the hikers were cold and one suffered a hip injury.
Later that day, another hiker reported to 911 that the injured hiker was now unconscious. Thirteen Forest Rangers responded to the scene in an attempt to rescue the group that evening or prepare for a helicopter evacuation at first light.
By 8:30 p.m., Rangers reached the injured hiker and found three additional hikers who needed immediate evacuation due to the onset of hypothermia. As those hikers were led off the mountain, the injured hiker was treated for mild hypothermia and secured in cold weather gear.
By 10:30 p.m. the three hikers were safely out of the woods and returned to their vehicles. At first light on Jan. 14, Rangers determined the injured hiker could hike out with their assistance, and a helicopter rescue was no longer needed.
By 9:00 a.m., the 23-year old New Jersey man was off the mountain, evaluated and released to his own care.