Two men on a mission to retrieve a cell phone had to be rescued during Sunday night’s snowstorm after their truck became stranded on a snowmobile trail in the woods of northern Hancock County.
The Maine Warden Service said Steve Goodell and Mike Noyes, both of Glenburn, were attempting to get back to Nicatous Lodge on Nicatous Lake by way of the 25-00-0 Road off the Stud Mill Road. The 25-00-0 is known locally as the “twenty-five thousand road.”
Unbeknownst to the men, part of the 25-00-0 Road is unplowed in winter and becomes a snowmobile trail, according to a release from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
The men called for help around 8:45 p.m. Sunday when Goodell’s Toyota truck became stuck about 10 miles up the road near Deer Lake in Township 34. The men told wardens they had been unable to turn around earlier.
Conditions on the trail were so treacherous that the responding warden, Bruce Loring, had trouble making it through the blinding snow on a snowmobile.
Loring said visibility was so poor that he drove off the trail several times, but that a GPS mounted on his sled helped him navigate through the storm. The driving snow had completely covered the truck’s tire tracks, Loring said.
By the time Loring reached the men, their truck was running low on gas and their cell phone battery had died. DIF&W’s release said the men, who also had a dog in the truck, were wearing only sweat shirts, pants and shoes.
“I’m very thankful that they didn’t decide to leave the truck,” Loring said in an interview. “The conditions were horrendous last night and I don’t think they would have gotten very far the way they were dressed.”
After filling the truck with some gas and supplying the men with extra clothing, Loring took the two men out one at a time. The dog caught a ride on the first trip out by sitting on the man’s lap.
“Fortunately, she was a very good dog,” Loring said.
The entire rescue took more than four hours, according to DIF&W.
DIF&W spokeswoman Deborah Turcotte said Goodell faces a $100 fine for driving a motor vehicle on a snowmobile trail, which is a civil offense.