June 18, 2018
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Hermon woman found safe after spending night on Pushaw Lake in boat

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

GLENBURN, Maine — A Hermon woman who spent Sunday evening on a boat in Pushaw Lake was found safe on Monday morning, according to officials.

Elizabeth Gleason, 54, had left a camp to go for a ride in a small boat around 2:30 p.m., and was reported missing after not returning for several hours, according to Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service.

Gleason’s family searched the area for several hours and did not locate her, MacDonald said, and the Maine Warden Service was called shortly before dark.

Game wardens searched the lake until after midnight but there was no sign of Gleason, the corporal said. Search efforts resumed Monday morning using two watercrafts and an airplane.

At approximately 9 a.m., Gleason was found by aircraft on a remote shore of the lake and was picked up by game wardens, MacDonald said.

Gleason told game wardens her boat had mechanical problems which prevented her return to camp, MacDonald said. She spent the night on the boat both drifting and tied to a hazard buoy, and drifted to the remote shore early Monday morning.

Gleason was shaken up, wet and a little bit cold when game wardens found her but was otherwise doing well, MacDonald said.

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