Saratoga County

DEC: Amsterdam hunters rescued from area of Saratoga County’s Spruce Mountain


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GREENFIELD – Two Amsterdam hunters were rescued from the area of Spruce Mountain in northern Saratoga County Sunday night after getting lost, state Department of Environmental Conservation officials said.

The two were ultimately found cold, but unhurt, officials said.

The search began at about 8:41 p.m. Sunday when Saratoga County sheriff’s dispatchers received a 911 call. The caller could only get out “we are on the trail” before the call was lost, officials said. Forest rangers responded to assist sheriff’s deputies.

Coordinates of that call provided the caller’s approximate location, an area on the southwest side of Spruce Mountain, officials said.

The hunters got out a second call about six minutes after the first and this call held. The caller indicated he had left from Archer Vly to hunt with one other person, but the two were now lost, out of light and cold, officials said.

Officials did not identify the hunters, but said they were age 29 and 27 and were from Amsterdam.

That call provided a second set of coordinates within 600 feet of the first set. State forest rangers then located the pair at 10:24 p.m.

Rangers escorted the two back to the trailhead by 11:34 p.m. and they went on their way, officials said.

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