Coyotes circle injured Rumford snowmobiler

Posted March 18, 2009, at 10:04 p.m.

RUMFORD, Maine — A woman who rescued an injured snowmobile operator in Rumford said a pack of coyotes had circled the man as he lay immobile in the snow.

Eric Westleigh of Rumford was discovered on Tuesday when Renee Robert heard his cries for help while waiting at the bus stop with her children. Westleigh is being treated for hip and leg injuries suffered in the Monday night accident on a trail off Route 232.

Roberts, an emergency room nurse, tended to Westleigh’s injuries while waiting for help to arrive.

She said he appeared to have broken both legs and was suffering from hypothermia. She said there were coyote tracks right up to the accident area.

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