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Thin Ice Issues 

Thin ice on lakes and ponds in Maine is causing a lot of trouble.This past weekend, a snowmobiler crashed through the ice in Waterboro, but was not injured.In Aroostook County, a man was summonsed for skimming the ice: taking a sled across open water.And the Ledger family from Norridgewock had a close call, father and son survived to tell. “It wasn’t more than a minute and a half before the whole thing was down under,” Said Mike Ledger.That whole thing was this eight thousand pound truck Mike Ledger and his father took out onto North Pond.They thought the ice was around 10 inches thick. Just the day before the accident, they had hauled their ice shack out. “We should’ve just stopped and checked it out.”Ledger says they noticed a crack in the ice, but kept going. “And the truck went through. I tried getting out my side and I couldn’t. The passenger’s side was going down first, so Dad got out. I was more worried about getting him out then I was getting out. I got out no more than two seconds and finally went down all the way. It was a close one.”Two things saved their lives. A plow was on the front end that got caught up on the ice, giving the Ledger’s a few extra seconds before the entire truck submerged into the icy waters. Another thing – the windows. They have a manual crank so when the engine cut out, they were still able to roll them down and climb out.This isn’t the first time a truck has gone through the ice this season… according to a spokesperson for the Maine Warden Service, it’s typical for wardens to respond to a few accidents each year where vehicles break through ice.Last season, two snowmobilers died after falling into open water on Moosehead Lake.Recently, the search for a missing snowmobiler believed to have gone onto China Lake was called off.Examples wardens don’t want repeated. And Neither do the Ledgers. “Anything can happen. Learn from us. Ya know?”