Snowmobiler’s body found in lake

Posted Jan. 14, 2010, at 4:53 p.m.

NOBLEBORO, Maine — Wardens recovered the body of a Waldoboro snowmobiler Thursday in Damariscotta Lake.

Tim York, 45, last was seen about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on his snowmobile.

He had said he would travel by snowmobile from Waldoboro to Nobleboro along Damariscotta Lake, according to a spokeswoman for the Maine Warden Service.

Wardens were alerted about 9 a.m. Thursday that York was missing, said spokeswoman Deborah Turcotte, and the service launched a full-scale search, with wardens combing the shoreline and the lake.

“A Maine Warden Service pilot noticed a hole in the thin ice of the lake,” Turcotte said. “He believed he could see a snowmobile in the hole in 8 to 10 feet of water.”

After searchers focused on that area, they found York, and a warden service dive team took his body back to shore.

It was the second snowmobile fatality this season and the warden service’s second major search for a missing snowmobiler.

Wardens and others spent days looking around the China Lake area for Richard “Shaw” Jackson, 18, an Erskine Academy junior, who has been missing since the night of Jan. 1. That search has been suspended.

Brian Miller, 43, of Parsonsfield in York County, was killed Jan. 1 when his snowmobile collided with a pickup truck, according to Maine State Police.

“We’ve responded to numerous calls of snowmobiles through the ice,” Turcotte said. “We’re still urging people to use extreme caution on the state’s lakes and waterways. In many places, the ice is just not safe.”

Turcotte said there is visible open water on lakes throughout Maine, including Moosehead Lake.

“You’ve really got to check the ice from day to day,” she said.

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