Information provided to them indicated “one of the snowmobilers was still in the water,” and several citizen volunteers and members of the St. Francis Fire Department were assisting at the scene, according to the press release.
Volunteers pulled Travis Albert, 28, of St. Francis, to safety as game wardens arrived.
Wardens later learned that both Albert and the other rider, Joshua Jandreau, 28, also from St. Francis, had been traveling upriver by snowmobile on separate machines when they drove onto unstable ice near an open channel. Albert did not make it across and his snowmobile became submerged. Albert’s machine became stuck and was held up by the ice flow. Jandreau was able to go call for help and returned to show rescue personnel where Albert had been clinging to the ice pack for more than 20 minutes.
Albert was transported by ambulance to Northern Maine Medical Center where he was treated for hypothermia and a broken rib, according to the press release.
Albert was subsequently taken into custody for several outstanding arrest warrants, according to the release.
Those outstanding warrants include several unpaid fines for assault, operating under the influence, and operating with a revoked license, all with the Bangor police, according to MEIFW spokesperson John McDonald. Albert also had a warrant out through the Ashland police department for failure to appear in court and violating his conditions of release.
This case remains under investigation.