Huntington Pair Rescued from Upstate NY Mountain


Two people from Huntington were saved after they became stranded while hiking in the Catskill Mountains, spent the night outdoors and suffered from exposure.

New York State Police said they received a 911 call shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday reporting two hikers stranded on Slide Mountain in the Ulster County town of Shandaken, 50 miles southwest of Albany.

A trooper and two state forest rangers hiked to the mountain and found Michael Leleszi and Erin McKinstry. The two had spent the night with clothes and shelter provided by other hikers they had encountered during the night, police said.


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The search team provided them with food, dry clothes and warmth before escorting them down the mountain.

Both were checked out by an emergency crew and didn’t require additional medical treatment.

-With Associated Press.

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