Thursday, 18 January 2018 16:59

Three rescued after snowmobile accident Featured

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SOUTHWEST HARBOR - Rescuers saved three lives in Southwest Harbor Wednesday night.

What was supposed to be a fun family activity turned into a life threatening situation.


43-year-old Eli Strauss, his 12-year-old daughter Julia, and her 12-year-old friend Jolie Beal decided to take a fun ride on their snowmobile on Long Pond until things took a turn for the worst.


Firefighter Alex Bernier said "The three of them were on the sled and they hit a patch of unstable ice, the back end of the snowmobile started breaking through the ice. After that the snowmobile lost momentum and went into the water."


They were about four hundred yards out from the shore line. Luckily they were close enough that they were able to make it to a steep rock face.


"They were able to climb up on it and break through it and swim," said Bernier.


Bernier was one of the firefighters who heard the yelling on Long Pond, he says he would call out to the victims and they would call back to him. They eventually found them up on the rock face.


Game Warden Chris Sargent said "They were all pretty hypothermic. The adult male was really hypothermic, but we were able to rescue them."


After not hearing from her husband for quite sometime Robin Strauss decided to call for help.


"There was definitely a chain of survival that if one link in that whole chain had been broken at any point the outcome could have been completely different," said Bernier.


Chris Sargent says there was a quick response by all of the rescuers. "It was a technical rescue but all the fire departments and rescue personal did an amazing job," Sargent said.


All of them have now been treated and released from the hospital. Officials say this could have had a very different ending.


"Never assume that any body of water is safe and ice is safe especially if there's snow on it. You can't see the cracks, you can't see the thickness," said Sargent.


Shonna Narine

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Shonna Narine joined the ABC7 and FOX22 team in August 2017. Originally from Long Island (although she hides her accent for TV) she's excited to see what Maine has to offer.

She graduated from Five Towns College in Dix Hills Long Island where she anchored for their TV Club, and had her own radio show called "All Access Entertainment."

She won an outstanding achievement award and graduated on the dean's list.

Prior to graduation Shonna interned at News12 Long Island.

Shonna comes from a big family. With three older sisters, her parents, and six nieces and nephews there's never a dull moment when she's around them. When she's not working she enjoys working out, dancing, spending time with her fiance, and planning her wedding! Shonna would love to hear if you have any story ideas. You can email her at [email protected].