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Two hikers rescued from swampy Sand Plains

Posted 9/28/22

Two hikers became stuck in the Rome Sand Plains swamp Friday evening and had to be rescued by local and state officials.

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Two hikers rescued from swampy Sand Plains

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ROME — Two hikers became stuck in the Rome Sand Plains swamp Friday evening and had to be rescued by local and state officials, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Authorities said the hikers, a 54-year-old from Liverpool and a 58-year-old from Cicero, Onondaga County, became lost in the deep swamp conditions of the Sand Plains around 7 p.m. Friday. Due to the muddy conditions, the hikers kept losing their footwear, authorities said. And the thick vegetation caused them to get lost.

Members of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office joined the state environmental conservation officers in navigating the water and mud to find the pair, officials said.

They were eventually located and brought to a waiting ambulance by 10 p.m.

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