Truck breaks through ice on Hermon Pond

8:07 PM, Mar 7, 2013   |    comments
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HERMON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It was a bad day for one ice fisherman who tried to remove his ice shack from Hermon Pond, but ended up losing his truck in the process.

Robert Sinclair of Glenburn was driving across the pond Thursday morning when the ice he was on gave way. Sinclair managed to escape though his driver's side door, but the truck sank to the bottom.

Crews from the Levant Fire Department, Hermon Fire Department and Hermon Rescue responded to the scene where Sinclair was evaluated and cleared with no serious injuries.

According to Game Warden, Rick Ouellette, ice conditions across the state are extremely dangerous with thin ice and open water in several locations.

"Ice conditions that were safe maybe just a few weeks ago now are not safe. With this warmer weather and rain that we've had the ice conditions are changing daily, even hourly," said Ouellette.

Ice shacks are required to be removed from all lakes and ponds by April 1st. Even with that date, Ouellette encourages fisherman to remove their shacks as soon as possible due to current ice conditions.

"Make plans to get stuff off the ice so you don't put yourself in a predicament as this person did today," said Ouellette.

It is now Sinclair's responsibility to retrieve his truck from the bottom of the pond within the next 30 days.


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