Emergency in Hermon turns into real sleeper

Posted Sept. 08, 2009, at 11:44 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — Rescuers and a state game warden who were sent to check out a possible medical emergency on Hermon Pond were relieved Tuesday to find that the man aboard a pontoon boat that was riding around in circles actually was napping.

“It was what we call a good-intent call,” Fire Chief Larry Willis said Tuesday. “We always want people to call if they believe someone is in trouble.”

The man, whose name was not disclosed, became the focus of a rescue operation when a bystander onshore became concerned after seeing a boat circling on the pond with an arm dangling off the side.

The bystander also saw at least one dog on the boat and the dog appeared to be distressed, Willis said.

As it turned out, the man had fallen asleep, Willis said. He said that the man, who was in good health, awoke when emergency vehicles began converging on the pond.

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