JACKMAN, Maine — A Freeport snowmobiler was listed in critical condition Saturday after being injured the night before in a remote area in Johnson Mountain Township in Somerset County when he went off the trail and struck multiple trees, according to the Maine Warden Service.
Robin Lowell, 56, suffered rib and arm injuries in the accident, according to a statement issued Saturday afternoon.
Chief Bill Jarvis of the Jackman-Moose River Fire Department said that rescuers had to take Lowell seven miles via snowmobile before meeting an ambulance that brought him to Jackman Region Health Center. From there, he was taken to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston by a LifeFlight of Maine helicopter.
The accident happened on one of the main snowmobile trails located in the U.S. Route 201 corridor near the Canadian border. After getting the emergency call, rescuers assembled at Lake Parlin Lodge, which is 13 miles away from the Jackson fire station, Jarvis said. From there, they traveled seven miles on the trail with the snow and rescue sled to reach Lowell. Rescuers from the fire department and the Jackman Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps then brought him back to the lodge, where he was taken for medical care in the waiting ambulance.
“It just takes time to get there,” Jarvis said of the rescue efforts. “We’re all just big, remote areas around. And you never know, when the injury comes in, if it’s going to be close to town on the trails or way out.”
He said that the man did not appear to be riding alone, and was with some other snowmobilers when crews arrived to take him out.