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Ohio instructor charged after second rescue by satellite locator.

WEBB, N.Y. (AP) -- An instructional technology manager at a community college who became the first person in the contiguous United States rescued by a new satellite locator system has done it again.

Only this time, after his second rescue from the Adirondack wilderness, Carl J. Skalak, 55, of Cleveland was greeted by officers, who charged him with two counts of third-degree falsely reporting an incident. He was arraigned and posted $10,000 bail.

A helicopter from Fort Drum military base lifted Skalak out of the Five Ponds Wilderness Area. the site of his Nov. 14 rescue.

After the first rescue, Skalak, an instructional technology manager at Cuyahoga Community College in Parma, said he planned to return to retrieve his canoe and other gear, the Watertown Daily Times reported. That trip led to his arrest, said Stephen W. Litwhiler, spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The distress signal prompted a search involving 13 forest rangers, who were initially unable to reach Skalak due to lake-effect snows, Litwhiler said. The next day, DEC officers arrested him, he said.

Skalak may still be in New York after posting bail, his father, Carl Skalak Sr., told the paper. Available since July, the electronic beacons are small-scale versions of those used by boaters and pilots. They send distress signals through a satellite run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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