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.