June 18, 2018
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Two teens escape from icy river in Brunswick

By Beth Brogan, Times Record

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Two teenagers apparently fishing on ice in the Androscoggin River experienced a brief scare Monday night after a portion of the ice broke off, sending one boy into the river and the other floating downstream before he too got to shore.

Brunswick police and Marine Warden Scott Couture from the Maine Warden Service responded just before 7 p.m. to the boat landing at Bay Bridge Estates on Old Bath Road for reports that two teenage males were stuck on ice approximately 100 feet off shore, Capt. Roger Dionne of the Brunswick Fire Department said today.

Couture did not have access to a boat, Dionne said, so firefighters headed to the landing with an engine company, rescue unit and fire boat.

Before rescue crews arrived, however, police reported that the two were out of the water.

A third party told fire personnel that one boy had gotten himself out of the water and his parents had taken him home to warm up, while the other male was still on the ice moving slowly downstream.

Dionne said Couture donned his wetsuit and went into the river to rescue the boy, who was out of the water when rescue arrived.

“He was quite cold and showing a little bit of hypothermia,” Dionne said, so emergency response workers took him to Mid Coast Hospital.

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