Wardens still having trouble locating snowmobilers

7:10 PM, Jan 3, 2013   |    comments
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  • Rangeley Lake for three men who are presumed to have accidentally ridden their snowmobiles into the lake's icy waters

RANGELEY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -Maine Wardens are still having trouble getting airboat equipment into open water on Rangeley Lake due to winds.

"This is as extreme of conditions as we've done for a search in a long time," said Lt. Kevin Adam of the Maine Warden Service.

"It's tough on people, and it's tough on equipment," he said.

Crews had to wait until Thursday afternoon to resume search and recovery efforts for Kenneth Henderson, 40, of China; Glenn Henderson, 43, of Sabattus; and John Spencer, 41, of Litchfield.

The three snowmobilers have been missing since Sunday night.

Wardens had to call off search efforts earlier in the week due to high winds, sub-zero temperatures, fog, and white caps on Rangeley Lake.

As Wardens continue to investigate, they now believe the three men had interacted with Dawn Newell, 45, -- the snowmobiler found in lake Monday night -- and her son earlier in the day.

They think Dawn and her son were trying to show the three men a shortcut.

Lt. Adam with the Maine Warden Service said the three men were low on fuel and trying to make their way back to their vehicles in Carrabasset Valley, 60-70 miles away.

Wardens advise snowmobilers to exercise caution when riding in unfamiliar areas. They ask riders to use trails instead of cutting through bodies of water, and to contact the local snowmobile club for information about conditions before departing.

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