Rumford Man Plunges Into Icy River 

A 21-year-old Rumford man was treated for

hypothermia after riding his snowmobile into open water on the

Androscoggin River in western Maine.

The Maine Warden Service says Michael Thurston was snowmobiling

with Benjamin Hodgkins of Roxbury at about 7:15 p.m. Saturday when

he drove into open water downstream from the Rumford Point Bridge.

Warden Josh Smith says Hodgkins rode home and called 911.

Thurston was able to prop himself up on the ice with his arms for

about an hour before a local man and Rumford firefighters were able

to throw him a rope and pull him to safety.

Thurston was transported by helicopter to Central Maine Medical

Center in Lewiston, where he was treated for hypothermia.