Wednesday, 27 February 2013 22:17

Search for Missing Snowmobilers on Rangeley Lake Resumes

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RANGELEY - The search for three men who went missing on Rangely Lake while snowmobiling resumed this week.
Conditions are far from ideal for Maine Game Wardens to recover anything out of the icy water.
"It's a needle in a haystack down there for us." Say Cpl. John MacDonald, of the Maine Warden Service.
A lake; littered with neon cones and police tape.  Marking any area Maine Game Wardens believe the bodies of Glen Henderson, Kenneth Henderson, and John Spencer are believed to be located.
Dives teams standing by, in case the remotely operated vehicle or ROV as they call it comes upon anything under the ice.
"They would identify what would need to be brought up, and we would some how mark it either with the ROV or an anchor and a line, and a diver would descend that line." Says Tony Gray, a Diver for the Maine Warden Service.
The dive, no easy task.  Not even for the best of the well trained.
"I asked one of the team members today on a scale of 1 to 10 what this is for a level of danger for them and he says it is a 10." Says Cpl. MacDonald.
Wardens now search in less than ideal conditions, using the ROV as their eyes, with the family of the victims watching and waiting.
"It's not a reality, its not until they bring him home.  I know in my head, but its just not a reality." Says Jackie Henderson, with Wife of missing snowmobiler Glen Henderson.
Game Wardens tell us this week is it. If by this Friday they have not recovered the three bodies, the search will have to stop and resume this spring.
"I know there's nothing else they can do.  They've exhausted all their possibilities." Says Henderson.
"The best scenario is open water for us now." Says Cpl. MacDonald. "With a sonar to identify what we need to on the bottom or in the water. That is much more affective in finding what we need to find."

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