DEC: Multiple agencies rescue injured hiker from Hamilton County trail in Wells

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TOWN OF WELLS – Multiple agencies rescued a hiker from a trail in the town of Wells Sunday, state Department of Environmental Conservation officials said.

The agencies responded to the Auger Falls trail in Wells Sunday afternoon for a report of an injured hiker, 61, from Connecticut who had fallen and injured his knee, officials said.

A passing hiker had spotted the injured man and drove to Speculator to call for help, officials said.

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A DEC forest ranger, along with Wells and Speculator fire departments, Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies, state police and ambulances from the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Wells Ambulance responded, officials said.

A sheriff’s deputy located the hiker and the ranger worked with other rescuers to splint the man’s leg before they got him into a wheeled carrier.

He was then taken by Wells Ambulance to the hospital, officials said.

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