WOODHULL SEARCH & RESCUE
CASART was activated for a search and rescue operation in
the vicinity of Woodhull Lake in Oneida County on Sunday 11/09/08 by DEC
Dispatch at Raybrook.A 76 year
old man, John Lawler or subject was last seen on
by his hunting party in the woods between WoodhullLake
and Blood Sucker Pond.He was
reported missing around on Saturday 11/08/08 by his hunting party when
their efforts to find him failed.Temperatures were in the 30s throughout the three (3) day search.It rained on Saturday, was fair on Sunday and snowed Sunday night and
Monday morning. The Incident Command
Post (ICP) was set up at the Otter Lake Fire Station on Rt. 28 in
Otter Lake, NY and was also used as the assembly point.Rangers, State Police and local Police searched
into the night without a find.
State Police K9 searched Sunday and Monday without an alert and a State
Police helicopter flew Sunday and Monday without sighting the subject.
Fourteen (14) CASART members reported to the ICP at 7:30a.m on Sunday 11/09/08, Brian
Davies, Jim Holt, Mike Krumme, Greg O’Hara, Bonnie Petty, Phil Petty, Roy
Reehil, Mike Romanych, Bill Rockhill, Tom Stimson, Dawn Timm, Eileen Tobin,
Henry Weckesser and Bob Wheeler. Crews were formed to conduct Type III
searches, searches were run all day and no clues were uncovered.
The search continued on Monday 11/10/08 at with Six (6) CASART members, Tina Bradt, Bruce Knudsen, Greg
O’Hara, Don Schug, Charles Taylor and Rob Winter reporting to search.
Type III searches were run all
morning with no clues uncovered. Then
around , the subject was located near
the north east shore
just south of WoodhullLake by Adirondack League
Club volunteers searching from a boat.The subject was in good spirits, mildly hypothermic, partially
dehydrated and very hungry.He
was transported by boat across
WoodhullLake to the Wolf Lake
Landing on the north east
of WoodhullLake where he was picked up by the Old Forge ambulance and
transported to St. Luke’s Hospital in
was released from the hospital that afternoon.
The terrain was generally gentle with a few short sharp
ridges and had a mix of beaver meadows and ponds in open hardwoods with a
few thick areas of Spruce trees.
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to CASART at P.O. Box 143, Inlet, NY 13360, call us at 315-357-4381, visit our web site at
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