Glenburn man plunges through ice on Hermon Pond trying to recover fishing shack with pickup

Posted March 07, 2013, at 10 a.m.
Last modified March 07, 2013, at 1:05 p.m.

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HERMON, Maine — A Glenburn man was lucky to escape injury Thursday when his pickup truck broke through thin ice on Hermon Pond.

Robert Sinclair, 24, was heading out onto the pond to recover his ice fishing shack just before 10 a.m. when his pickup truck submerged into 12 feet of water, Rick Ouellette of the Maine Warden Service said at the scene.

Sinclair’s pickup went through the ice near Jackson Beach. Even though his truck wound up submerged, he managed to climb out before it sunk to the bottom of the pond, the game warden said. Sinclair was not injured.

Hermon and Levant firefighters, along with Hermon rescue personnel, went to the scene, according to Ouellette, who said they were still attempting to pull Sinclair’s 1993 GMC pickup from the pond.

Ouellette is warning the general public to use caution when heading out onto any frozen lakes or ponds.

“Ice conditions across the state are majorly deteriorating,” he said. “A week ago it may have been fine, but not now.”