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Teacher and Coach Rescued

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Forest rangers yesterday found a popular teacher and coach who had been missing in a remote area of the northwest Adirondacks since Monday. William Merna left for a weekend fishing trip in the Five Ponds Wilderness Area on Saturday. His family reported him missing Tuesday morning.
     Merna was found almost three miles from his campsite at Cowhorn Pond. Forest rangers in a helicopter spotted him standing in the Oswegatchie river, waving at them. He was tired and hungry but uninjured.
     Merna has taught at the Ogdensburg Free Academy for 35 years. He's one of the most successful boys' basketball coaches in the state, with over 500 wins. The Ogdensburg City School District's Board of Education officially dedicated the school's basketball court the "William B Merna" basketball court.
     State police officers and deputies from the county sheriff's office assisted in the search. Sheriff Gary Jarvis of St Lawrence County told Gregory Warner it was easy terrain to get lost in.

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