Saturday, 09 February 2019 11:50

Four snowmobilers rescued from thin ice Featured

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SEBEC - Four snowmobilers from southern Maine and New Hampshire were rescued overnight from Sebec Lake.


According to Game Warden Corporal John MacDonald, wardens, the Sebec Fire Department, and Mayo Ambulance responded around 1:20 a.m. early Saturday morning.


Timothy Carignan (30) from Berwick, Nicholas Smith (31) from Berwick, Nathan Lynch (32) from North Berwick, and James Taylor (39) from Dover, New Hampshire encountered thin ice on Sebec Lake.


Carignan and Smith escaped going in, but Lynch and Taylor became completely submerged along with their snowmobiles. Both men managed to get out of the water and onto the ice.


Taylor drove one of the two remaining snowmobiles to an unoccupied camp to find warmth. He was found about an hour later at an unheated camp, hypothermic and unable to walk.


Officials said crews carried Taylor through two feet of snow to the closest plowed driveway. He was then taken to Mayo Regional Hospital and treated for hypothermia. Officials believe if Taylor had not been found, he would have likely died from hypothermia.


Game Warden Jeremy Kemp and Sebec Firefighter Jason Horne rescued the other three men via canoe.


Officials said the four snowmobilers were unfamiliar with the lake.


Two of the snowmobiles remain under 12 feet of water at the bottom of the lake. Another snowmobile was left on the ice because it was too dangerous to remove overnight, as seen in the picture above.


The incident is still under investigation.



Kelly Mitchell

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Kelly Mitchell joined the news team in March of 2018. She grew up splitting her time between York, ME and Haverhill, MA, but her favorite childhood memories took place along the rocky coast of southern Maine. She's now e...

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