Courtesy Maine Warden Service
ST. FRANCIS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A 28-year-old man was rescued in St. Francis Saturday night after he drove his snowmobile onto unstable ice on the St. John River.
The Maine Warden Service said Travis Albert from St. Francis was pulled to safety by citizen volunteers as game wardens arrived on scene. His snowmobile became submerged when he did not make it across an open channel on the river.
Game Wardens were initially called to the St. John River Saturday night around 7 p.m. for the report of two snowmobiles that had gone through the ice.
Albert's friend, 28-year-old Joshua Jandreau, also from St. Francis, was traveling with him on a separate snowmobile. Jandreau made it across the channel, but went and called for help when he noticed Albert became stuck. When rescue personnel arrived on scene, Jandreau directed them to where Albert had been clinging to an ice pack for more than twenty minutes.
The Maine Warden Service said Albert was taken by ambulance to Northern Maine Medical Center where he was treated for hypothermia and a broken rib. He was subsequently taken into custody for several outstanding warrants.
The case remains under investigation.
Several citizen volunteers and members of the St. Francis Fire Department assisted in the rescue.