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Dryden: Nine Hour Search Leads To Rescue Of Missing X-Country Skiers

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Two women were rescued safely yesterday (December 2), after their disappearance Saturday led to a nine hour search in Tompkins County.

According to reports, a group of three women were cross-country skiing along the trails of the Hammond Hill State Forest Park in Dryden. At around noon, they became separated and two of them lost somewhere in the forest.

One of the members of the group, a 46-year-old woman from Ithaca, says the other two women did not return to their vehicle when she did.

Troopers responded to the area around 3:00 Saturday (December 1) afternoon to conduct an immediate search for the other two Ithaca women, ages 43 and 56.

After nine hours, at about 12:15 Sunday morning, the two women were found safe by three searchers near Harford Road in the town of Caroline. Both women were then evaluated by Dryden EMS and reunited with their friend.

Many police agencies helped with the search, including the Tompkins, Cortland, Tioga and Cayuga County Sheriff’s Departments.

Also assisting were the State Park Police, State Forest Rangers, State Department of Environmental Conservation Police, State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and the State Office of Emergency Management.

Other emergency teams that responded included the Cortlandville Fire Department, Cortland County Search Team, Dryden Ambulance, Enfield Fire Department, Freeville Fire Department, Groton Fire Department, McLean Fire Department, Moravia Fire Department, Neptune Hose Company #1 of Dryden Inc. and the Tioga County Search Team.

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