BANGOR, Maine — Searches at opposite ends of the state kept game wardens busy Wednesday but both ended successfully.
One of the searches was conducted in Deboullie Township in northwestern Aroostook County, where two Gorham teenagers took the wrong trail back to their campsite and wound up in a remote and rugged area, Emily Maccabe of the the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said Thursday in a news release.
The pair, ages 15 and 16, had been camping near Deboullie Lake and hiked to the Deboullie Mountain fire tower about 1:30 p.m. A storm came in and the two headed down the mountain on the wrong trail, ending up about 3 miles farther west in the wrong direction.
That put them on the west end of Gardner Pond, a very remote location, Maccabe said. At about 8:15 p.m., three game wardens were called out to Deboullie Township to search for the boys.
The wardens made voice contact with the teens about 1 a.m. Thursday but the teens were on the opposite side of the lake. The wardens found the two in cool but good condition about 3:30 a.m. — after a 2½-hour hike up over Gardner Mountain and down to the lake.
Game Warden Pilot Jeff Spencer was called in at dawn to fly them out of the rugged country across Gardner and Deboullie lakes.
Red River Camps owner Jen Brophy spent the entire night in the woods helping wardens and was a major reason the search was successful, Maccabe said.
The other search took place in southern Maine, Maccabe said.
David Crocker, 86, of Portland was found Wednesday along Meadow Brook in Casco in need of medical attention. While out fishing, Crocker had suffered a severe medical event, Maccabe said.
After he received a phone call that awoke him, Crocker was able to call for help. Four game wardens and a Cumberland County sheriff’s deputy went to the area and found Crocker after conducting a hasty search along Meadow Brook.
Crocker was taken to Brighton Hospital after being outside for more than two days, Maccabe said. No further information is available at this time.