Forest Rangers have been busy rescuing a skier with a broken leg and an ATV stuck in the ice.

When it comes to the work of Forest Rangers that work for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, they never know what they will encounter. Their jobs are the opposite of monotony, every day is something different. Winter time in New York State poses a lot of challenges for anyone who is looking to get out and enjoy nature, but also poses challenges for the forest rangers when things do indeed go wrong.

Things Did Go Wrong For One Skier

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In the picture above, you can see, things didn't just go wrong, but catastrophically wrong. At the beginning of last week in Indian Lake, Forest Rangers received a call about skier who had become injured a mile into the woods and was unable to make his way out. When Forest Ranger Scott arrived alongside the Indian Lake Fire Department, it was discovered the man had broken femur, the early stages of frostbite, and hypothermia. Through help of heat packs, sleeping bags, and a vapor barrier, the man was able to warm up on his ride to the awaiting ambulance. Without the incredible work from both Forest Ranger Scott along with the Indian Lake Fire Department and EMS, this could have turned into a tragedy for this man.

Warm Days Meant Weak Ice

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One Man Took A Risk That He Shouldn't Have

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Forest Rangers did indeed step in and help though. A man had decided to bring his ATV out on a warm day and went onto Lake George with it. While the incident didn't pose as much threat to the rider of the ATV, it still posed a major problem. When the Forest Rangers arrived on site, they were able to get to the scene via an airboat and get the man back to safety. Then the work left at hand was getting the ATV out of Lake George. However, that task could not be completed after numerous attempts. Buoys were attached and the ATV will be retrieved at some later date.

Many times Forest Rangers don't receive the recognition they obviously should, these events only show why these courageous people deserve all the recognition and then some.

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