Lost Brewer man, 88, found safe near Byron

Posted July 13, 2009, at 11:01 p.m.

TOWNSHIP E, Maine — An 88-year-old Brewer man is safe after getting lost in the woods Sunday after fishing along the Swift River on Sunday in Township E near the Oxford County town of Byron.

Arthur Babineau, 88, of Brewer “got turned around” and traveled more than 1½ miles, mostly in a ravine, to a spot that was a half-mile from where he last was seen by family members, according to Maine Warden Service Sgt. Tim Place.

Byron was reported missing by his family late Sunday afternoon and was located at about 11:30 p.m. by two ATV riders who were helping in the search.

A former military medic who is in excellent physical condition, Babineau told state game wardens that he had made himself a bed with pine boughs and planned to sleep in the woods before heading back to his family’s campsite.

He said he heard two ATVs drive by and went to flag them down, but they already had driven past him. The ATV riders made a return trip, and Babineau was able to get their attention.

Babineau, who was unharmed, told the wardens that the Byron area is one of his favorite places to fish and that he has been going to the Swift River area for more than 40 years.

The Maine Warden Service was assisted by numerous volunteers.