A snowmobiler is alright after going through the ice on Biscay Pond in Bremen the morning of Friday, Jan. 17, when temperatures were in the teens.
The snowmobile and its operator, whose identity was not available, went through the ice about 400-500 yards from shore, according to Bremen Fire Chief Donnie Leeman. Leeman believes the snowmobiler’s friends got him out.
“He was rescued from the water and brought in,” Leeman said.
“He was very fortunate to get out of the water pretty quickly,” the chief added.
Damariscotta Police Chief Jason Warlick and Sgt. Erick Halpin arrived shortly thereafter, according to Leeman and Warlick.
“We assisted (emergency medical services) with treatment and helped to get him back to shore,” Halpin said.
Leeman said a game warden informed the operator that under state law, he has a certain number of days to remove the snowmobile, which sank to the bottom of the pond.
Emergency services responded to Blackberry Lane, a camp road off Fogler Road, to access the site. First responders checked the operator at the scene.
“Once they got him to shore, he was able to get warmed up,” Leeman said. The man did not go to the hospital.
“It was a very successful operation today,” Leeman said.
The Bremen and Bristol fire departments, the Central Lincoln County Ambulance Service, the Damariscotta Police Department, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and the Maine Warden Service responded.
Lincoln County Communications dispatched emergency services around 10:30 a.m.