The Maine Warden Service responded to reports of a missing snowmobile operator on Saturday and two snowmobile accidents that involved injuries in western Maine, Deborah Turcotte, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokeswoman, said in a statement.
Christopher McLain, 35, of Portland was reported missing at 2 a.m. in Oquossoc after he left the Four Seasons Restaurant to look for a friend who had left moments earlier, according to Maine Warden Service Game Warden Kris MacCabe.
The friend returned to the restaurant and met up with others who went looking for McLain on Cupsuptic Lake in Adamstown Township, concerned that he had fallen through the ice. They also called the Maine Warden Service, and Wardens Joshua Smith and MacCabe responded.
McLain returned to a friend’s camp at approximately 4 a.m. He was charged with operating while under the influence of intoxicants, according to MacCabe.
A 19-year-old Weymouth, Mass., woman was injured in Madrid at around 2 p.m. Saturday when the track of the snowmobile she was riding as a passenger got caught on a bridge, according MacCabe.
Kathryn Lydon was a passenger on a two-person sled being driven by Stephen Rumrill on ITS 84 near Madrid toward Rangeley. Rumrill attempted to cross a washed-out bridge and caught his snowmobile’s track in the process, jolting Lydon.
Phillips Fire and Rescue took Lydon off the trail to a waiting ambulance that took her to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington for evaluation. Wardens are investigating the incident.
In a third incident, Phillip Spang IV, 25, of Cape Porpoise was injured in Eustis at approximately 11:15 a.m. Saturday when the snowmobile he was driving hit a ridge of ice on Flagstaff Lake, throwing him off.
Spang then experienced a medical episode and was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. Wardens are investigating the incident.