Hiker, 73, rescued from Bald Mountain

Published Oct 18, 2018 at 4:00pm

TOWN OF WEBB — A 73-year-old woman was rescued off the summit of Bald Mountain in Herkimer County after she fell and injured her ankle, according to state officials.

The 73-year-old Arizona woman fell and injured her ankle while hiking in a group near the summit of Bald Mountain at about 1:15 p.m. Oct. 10, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Seven forest rangers and several firefighters from the Old Forge Fire Department went up the mountain and reached the group at about 2:10 p.m.

The injured woman was treated at the scene and placed on a litter stretcher, according to the report by the state ECOs.

Authorities said the crews carried her down the mountain along a muddy and slippery trail, which required several low angle rope rescue techniques at several spots along the trail.

The rescue team arrived at the trailhead at about 3:30 p.m., at which point the woman was loaded into a waiting ambulance and was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in New Hartford for treatment, the state DEC authorities stated.