2011-08-10 / Front Page

Second Camper Bitten By Poisonous Snake At Summer Camp

Watch for copperheads in Philipstown
Eric Gross


For the second time this summer, a young camper has been bitten by a poisonous snake at the Surprise Lake Camp in the North Highlands section of Philipstown and has lived to tell the tale.
A 15-year-old male camper was airlifted by a STAT-Flight helicopter to Jacobi Hospital in Manhattan last Thursday after being bitten on the ankle by the venomous reptile.
Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Services Adam Stiebeling said a copperhead attacked the child shortly after 10 pm and a 911 call made by camp personnel set the rescue wheels in motion.
The Philipstown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, North Highlands Fire Department, Cold Spring FD personnel and a paramedic from the TransCare Ambulance Service rushed to the scene and once the bite was confirmed a call was made for a Medevac chopper.
The child was taken to the New York City medical center that specializes in snakebite trauma while officials at the Bronx Zoo were also notified and requested to immediately transport a quantity of anti-venom to the hospital.
The child was treated and has since been released.
In July, a 16-year-old New York City girl was attacked at 10:55 by a copperhead. At the time Sheriff Don Smith said the “young woman was conscious and breathing but was experiencing an allergic reaction as a result of the envenomation.”
Venomous snakes also made news in June when a Putnam Lake woman died after being bitten by a black mamba—one of dozens of poisonous snakes she and her male companion kept as pets in their small residence.


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