SEBEC, Maine — A 33-year-old Acton man was pulled from Sebec Lake by three friends after his snowmobile went through thin ice near the outlet to the Sebec River on Friday night, according to the Maine Warden Service.
Scott Davis was riding with friends when the snowmobile he was on went into the water at approximately 6:50 p.m., according to Deborah Turcotte, spokeswoman for the service.
The friends — Steve McCullan of Portland, Joe Muce of Acton and Todd Davis of Sanford — formed a human chain and held onto each other’s ankles to get a tow strap to Davis and pull him from the lake, said Warden Dan Carroll.
“Ice was cracking around them,” Carroll said. “It’s a treacherous spot.”
A mildly hypothermic Davis was warmed up in the warden’s truck before a deputy from the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office drove Davis back to his camp, the release said.
Carroll donned safety gear before maneuvering one of the other snowmobiles off the thin ice before assisting the three friends back to their camp.
“The group was attempting to cross the lake in an area known for thin ice because of the outlet,” Carroll said, adding that some local residents saw what happened and called 911.
The accident happened a few hundred yards from where a teenager died last February while riding a snowmobile in inclement weather to a friend’s house, the release said.
Friday’s rescue was the second one in less than two weeks where friends or bystanders pulled a snowmobiler who had gone through thin ice out of the water, according to the warden service. The other incident happened Jan. 31 on the Androscoggin River near Rumford.