The Maine Warden Service says a hunter who was lost on Westport Island was severely hypothermic by the time he was located. Credit: Google Maps

WESTPORT ISLAND, Maine — The Maine Warden Service says a hunter who was lost on Westport Island was severely hypothermic by the time he was located.

Officials say the search began after dark Monday when 58-year-old Donald Merrill of Woolwich was reported overdue.

Wardens followed his tracks over wet, uneven terrain and became alarmed when it became clear that Merrill had been crawling.

He was found at 9:30 p.m., and Merrill was taken to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick. Wardens said they expect he will make a full recovery.