Officials investigating pair of snowmobile accidents

Posted March 03, 2009, at 8:23 p.m.

GRAND LAKE STREAM, Maine — The Maine Warden Service on Tuesday was investigating two separate snowmobile accidents that happened among the same party of snowmobilers over the weekend.

David Kennedy, 41, of Clifton and Alvin MacNevin, 41, of Holden were taken to the hospital with injuries after two separate incidents Saturday. Both men were treated at the hospital and released.

Friends riding four snowmobiles left Clifton on Saturday for a camp in Dyer Cove on West Grand Lake.

Warden Jim Martin said Tuesday that conditions in the area and around the lake were “treacherous.” Heavy rain had turned the area into large pockets of slush.

Around 5 p.m., the group was returning to Clifton when the lead sled operator discovered there was no one behind him.

When the sled operator turned around to investigate, he discovered that one of his friends, David Kennedy, had fallen off the back of the sled he was on and was injured.

“He had a helmet on but it wasn’t strapped,” Martin said.

The friends then discovered that another one of their group also was missing. Alvin MacNevin, who was riding his own snowmobile, was no longer behind them. The men went back to investigate.

“Unbeknownst to them, [MacNevin] had crashed earlier as they rounded Dyer Point,” Martin said. MacNevin also was wearing a helmet.

Martin said speed and alcohol may have been factors in the accidents.

The two injured men were taken back to the camp they had been visiting. Friends called 911.

The Grand Lake Stream rescue crew led by Tommy Williams and Donny Bailey was called to the scene.

“They took the Grand Lake Stream’s rescue ’boggan, pulling it behind a snowmobile,” Martin said.

A second rescue crew that included Ed Richard of Baileyville and his son Marty of Alexander also headed to the area.

After assessing the conditions, the warden service decided to take the injured men out overland and not across the lake.

“We knew we didn’t want to take them back through the slush,” Martin said.

The two men were taken by Indian Township Ambulance to Calais Regional Hospital.

Kennedy had a minor head injury, while MacNevin suffered a leg injury.

Martin said MacNevin’s snowmobile was demolished.

The warden warned people to be aware of travel conditions before snowmobiling.

“The conditions we had out there were about as bad as they get,” he said of the slush. “It was possible to travel the lake by snowmobile, but you had to use extra caution to do it safely.”

bdncalais@myfairpoint.net

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