Missing Person search near Tinker Falls

Submitted by Benjamin Townsend on Sun, 03/19/2023 - 06:44 PM

On the evening of March 19, 2023, a search and rescue operation was launched by the New York State Police, Apulia Fire Department, Lafayette Fire Department, and Fabius Fire Department, for a mother and her 7-year-old child who went missing in the area of Tinker Falls State Park. Reports suggested that the two might be in the water, possibly on a tree with their two dogs.

The Tinker Falls State Park is a popular tourist destination known for its hiking trails and waterfalls, particularly the Tinker Falls, which is about 50 feet (15 meters) high. The waterfall is formed by a small stream that has cut a gorge through shale, providing a stunning view of nature.

The Labrador Hollow Unique Area, which spans over 1,474 acres and was the first property to be designated as a Unique Area by New York. Managed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, this area is open to the public and includes Labrador Pond and Tinker Falls.

While these natural landmarks provide a beautiful and unique experience for visitors, they can also be dangerous. The recent search and rescue operation for the missing mother and child serves as a reminder of the importance of being vigilant when visiting natural landmarks.

The missing mother was able to contact 911 dispatchers while stranded in the area of Tinker Falls State Park. This was instrumental in guiding the fire crews to their approximate location. Thanks to the e911 GPS technology available, the dispatchers were able to locate the exact position of the call and provide the emergency responders with the necessary information. This technology, which is widely used by emergency services in the United States, can help save lives by providing precise location data, allowing for faster response times in emergency situations.

Thankfully, at 7:04 PM, the fire chief announced that the victims had been located. Crews were able to reach them, and they were being assisted to safety. Fire and EMS crews cleared the scene at 8:02 PM, but no further details were immediately available.

This incident highlights the crucial role played by emergency services in responding to emergencies in remote locations, and visitors are encouraged to adhere to safety guidelines when exploring the beautiful landscapes of the Tinker Falls State Park and the Labrador Hollow Unique Area.

Tinker falls via Antepenultimate - Wikipedia.com