Sprauge Brook made the news!

6 years 5 months ago #41803 by Jon Sundquist
Jon Sundquist replied the topic: Re: Sprauge Brook made the news!
It's interesting that both news outlets called the trail a "bike trail" after we go to great lengths to make sure that designation isn't used. Guess we aren't doing a very good job.

(note, the reason why the term "bike trail" is to be avoided is that most trails that we ride are not called "bike trails", and as soon as trails start getting called that, we get kicked off trails that aren't called "bike trails" and we lose places to ride)

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6 years 5 months ago #41802 by superbee70
superbee70 replied the topic: Re: Sprauge Brook made the news!
I just heard this. How can someone get lost at Spraguebrook? It sounds like they didn't even get off the path, it just got dark. I've hiked out of Hunters before with just the light from a cell phone.

Sounds like they were really unprepared for a hike. What a waste of resources, they even had the chopper up in the air.

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6 years 5 months ago #41801 by boogenman
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The Buffalo Snooze has a story up now.


Two hikers trapped by darkness on an off-road biking trail in Sprague Brook Park were talked out to safety at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, with the help of a neighbor and local volunteer firefighters.

The hikers, who were checked out by the East Concord Fire Department after walking out of the wooded area in southern Erie County, suffered no serious injuries, authorities said.

The two people, both in their 30s, went hiking in early evening, but they called the park office at about 9:30 p.m., saying they were trapped by darkness in the woods, Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Ronald Kenyon said. They were, however, able to provide their location via a mile marker in the park.

As volunteer firefighters on ATVs began to approach the hikers from the west, a citizen on nearby Pratham Road who knew the area used an ATV to get within yelling distance of the pair.

"As luck would have it, he got to a point where he could yell at the hikers across the ravine," Kenyon said.

That neighbor eventually was able to guide them across a bridge and onto Pratham Road, while Air One, the Erie County sheriff's helicopter piloted by Capt. Kevin Caffery, hovered overhead.

Authorities said the two hikers did just what they should have done after they were trapped, including providing their location and then staying put.

"At no point in time did we believe they were in danger," Kenyon said. "We knew where they were. We just had to get to them."

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6 years 5 months ago #41800 by boogenman
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Alert citizens guide hikers to safety
Updated: Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012, 1:50 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

Posted by: Emily Lenihan
CONCORD, N.Y. (WIVB) - Two hikers are safe Tuesday, after two alert citizens helped them find their way off of a mountain bike trail in Sprague Brook Park.

The Erie County Sheriff’ Office says the hikers, from Colden, had gone to the park for an evening walk on the bike trial. At 9:30 p.m. they called the park office to report that they were unable to find their way back, due to the darkness.

The park employee was unable to locate them, and contacted the sheriff’s office at 10:30 p.m. Deputies responded and requested help from area fire companies. The firefighters began a search of the area.

The sheriff’s office says that a neighbor who lives in the area, Craig Tucker, heard someone yelling for help on the bike trail, and drove his ATV through the field and to the east side of the park. He was able to make voice contact across a deep ravine to the hikers. His son, Sean Tucker, was able to walk to the hikers and guide them to a bridge, which crosses a ravine, and then out to Pratham Road.

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