Parents of teen found after being lost at Sugarloaf relieved, happy

Posted March 05, 2013, at 3:23 p.m.

FARMINGTON, Maine — A 17-year-old Massachusetts teen who spent two days lost on Sugarloaf Mountain before being found safe is doing well, his parents said Tuesday.

Nicholas Joy of Medford, Mass., was found Tuesday morning by a snowmobiler. The teen had skied off marked trails on Sunday and became lost, spurring a two-day search.

Joy was admitted to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. Hospital spokeswoman Jill Gray read a prepared statement from Joy’s parents, Robert and Donna Joy, on Tuesday afternoon outside the hospital.

“There is great relief and happiness that Nicholas has made it through this difficult ordeal,” Gray read to the press. “We want to thank everyone for their hopes and prayers and especially members of the rescue team.”

In their written statement, the Joys thanked the Sugarloaf staff and ski patrol, Maine Warden Service, the Carrabassett Valley Academy community, U.S. Border Patrol, Carrabassett Valley Police and Fire Department, Maine Forest Service, Maine Association of Search and Rescue Volunteers, Chaplain Gerry Baril and Joseph Paul, the snowmobiler who found Nicholas.

Gray said Nicholas is a patient at the hospital and is recovering, but offered no other details on the teen’s condition.

“Nicholas is doing well and his family would like the public to respect our privacy during this time of healing,” the Joys also said in their statement.