Following a very busy weekend, the Maine Warden Service reminds people who recreate on the ice to use extreme caution and good judgment. Game wardens responded to eight different incidents over the weekend that included both people and motor vehicles going through the ice. Fortunately, everyone involved in the incidents below survived.
MOOSEHEAD LAKE (NEAR BIG MOOSE TWP) – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2: At 8:45 AM, wardens responded to a call of an ATV through the ice. An ATV carrying two passengers near Dry Point on Moosehead Lake became submerged in water created by a pressure ridge. James Doucette, 45 from Bangor, and Jay Munson, 44 from Orrington, made it out of the water and were aided by nearby fisherman. The ATV remains in the water.
GREEN LAKE, ELLSWORTH – SATURDAY, FEB. 2: At 10:20 AM, wardens responded to a report of a snowmobile through the ice near Scott’s Neck on Green Lake. Christopher Duplessis, from New Hampshire, was on a 2000 Arctic Cat 340 snowmobile when he went through the ice. Duplessis was able to make it out of the ice to safety. The snowmobile was submerged in eight feet of water and was removed the following day.
SCHOODIC LAKE, LAKEVIEW – SATURDAY, FEB. 2: At 2:30 PM, wardens responded to the report of two ATV’s through the ice. One ATV was being operated by an adult male. The other was operated by an adult male with a three-year-old passenger. The man and three-year-old child were able to jump to safe ice and did not enter the water as later determined. The other man did enter the water but made it to safety. Both ATV’s remain in the water. There were no injuries in this incident. (No names available at this time.)
SEBASTICOOK LAKE, NEWPORT – SATURDAY, FEB. 2: At 6:30 PM, an ATV (side by side/UTV) operated by Owen Cooper, 57 of Newport, carrying 4 other passengers went into the Sebasticook Lake. All passengers made it to safety with the help of citizen volunteers. The UTV remains in the water.
BIG WOOD LAKE, JACKMAN – SATURDAY, FEB. 2: At 6:45 PM, wardens responded to a report of two snowmobiles through the ice. Raymond Buker, 21 from Winslow, and Adam Lee, 34 from Benton, both made it to safety. The snowmobiles remain in the water.
LONG LAKE, NAPLES – SUNDAY, FEB. 3: At 9:30 AM, wardens responded to a call of a motor vehicle (truck) through the ice on Long Lake. The truck entered into approximately two feet of water. Robert Allen II, 40 from Naples was the vehicle owner/operator. The truck was towed out shortly thereafter. (Photo attached)
LONG POND (MOUNT DESERT ISLAND), SOUTHWEST HARBOR – MONDAY, FEB. 4: At 1:30 AM this morning, wardens responded to a vehicle through the ice on Long Pond. A truck driven by Micea Novac, 25 from Southwest Harbor, drove into open water. Novac and a female passenger were able to exit the vehicle and entered a nearby camp for shelter. The vehicle remains in the water. Long Pond is a public water supply and Novac is currently working with the Park Service to have the vehicle removed. Mount Desert Police Department assisted.
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