York County ATV rider found safe after crashing, spending night in the woods

Posted May 14, 2012, at 10:18 a.m.

LYMAN, Maine — A York County man is safe Monday morning after he went for an ATV ride over the weekend and didn’t come home.

David Flaherty, 38, of Alfred was heading to visit a friend in Lyman on Saturday afternoon and Flaherty’s mother became concerned when he didn’t come home that night, Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service said in a statement.

Flaherty’s mother called the York County Sheriff’s Office, MacDonald said, and a search was launched shortly after midnight Sunday.

It was determined that Flaherty’s cell phone last sent out a signal from the area of Old Kennebunk Road, according to MacDonald.

Game Wardens and Sheriff’s Deputies began searching the trail systems and homes located in that area. At 5:45 a.m., Game Warden Seth Powers located Flaherty on an ATV trail where he had been involved in a crash.

Flaherty was awake but hypothermic, MacDonald said. Powers that he had been lying in one position since midnight.

Flaherty was taken from the scene by Game Warden Sgt. Dave Chabot and Lyman Fire and Rescue since the road was impassable by ambulance. Game Warden Jason Scott assisted in the search as well. The incident remains under investigation.