Mass. Man Trapped Under Sled for Nearly 20 Hours Shares Story of Survival

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Bangor - A Milford, Massachusetts man is recovering from hypothermia tonight at Eastern Maine Medical Center, after being pinned under his snowmobile for nearly 20 hours in the Maine wilderness. 64 year-old Paul Lessard shared his amazing story of survival with us earlier today.
"I kept my cool," said Paul Lessard.
 
 

'Moses' as he's known on the trails, survived 18 bitter cold hours trapped under his snowmobile.

 

"I wasn't really scared."

 

It happened Tuesday night. Lessard was riding alone on a trail near Fort Kent when he lost control -- his sled flipping over.

 

"My right leg was stuck... I was all squished up."

 

Search teams traveled over 100 miles through single digit temperatures and snow squalls in pitch dark.

 

"I heard the plane flying over... I heard the snowmobile coming... my friend says, that's an Arctic Cat trail... That's where Moses is!"

 

Wardens located Lessard at 7:45 Wednesday morning. With only a few bumps and bruises, he's in good spirits, and says an experience like this, isn't going to stop him from getting back on his sled next winter.

 

Lindsey Mills

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Lindsey joined the WVII ABC7 and WFVX FOX Bangor news team in January of 2012. Raised in Arlington, Mass., Lindsey graduated from Endicott College located in Beverly, Mass. where she majored in Communication. While attending college on the North Shore Lindsey ran the campus newspaper, the Endicott Observer, lead the Endicott Gulls field hockey team as Captain in the 2009 & 2010 seasons, and played for the women’s club hockey team.

For two years Lindsey worked at WCVB Channel 5 News Boston as an ENG producer and writer, while also filling in for various positions in
Chronicle, the station’s nightly news magazine. Additionally, Lindsey contributed to the production of two MDA Labor Day telethons.

When she’s not in the field she can be found on the ice. Lindsey helps out with Brewer’s Youth Hockey Learn to Skate & Learn to Play program and plays on a men’s league team. She also helped to establish Brewer’s first youth under-12 girl’s hockey team.

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