DEC Forest Rangers Release Details Of Zoar Valley Rescue

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ZOAR VALLEY – New York State DEC Forest Rangers have released more information about what lead up to the rescue of four people, two women and two children, from Zoar Valley over the weekend.

Forest Rangers said they were contacted by Cattaraugus County 911 for a report of four lost hikers in the Zoar Valley Multiple Day Use Area Saturday.

Rangers said two women, one from Silver Creek, the other from Forestville, and two children became disoriented while hiking. The group called for help Saturday around 8 p.m.

A regional swift water team was deployed but was unable to reach the group due to rocks in the stream.

Rangers John Kennedy and Nathan Sprague proceeded to hike in with crews on each bank to pinpoint the hikers’ location. The group was located early Sunday morning and taken out by raft.

Rangers said all were in good health. EMS crews met the hikers at the parking lot, where they were evaluated and released.

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