Skidder still submerged under ice on Longfellow Lake

7:23 PM, Feb 15, 2011   |    comments
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WESTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Warden Service and Department of Environmental Protection are helping to remove a skidder that went through the ice into a lake in Weston over the weekend.

The Warden Service says the skidder, owned by Davis Forestry Products, was on Longfellow Lake Sunday night.  Someone had been using the skidder to try to move an ice shack.   

The ice gave way and the skidder broke through 20 feet of water.  No one was on the skidder when it went into the water. 

"This is obviously a much larger vehicle through the ice than we're used to dealing with," Maine Warden Service District Game Warden Eric Rudolph said.  "Usually we're dealing with an ATV or snowmobile.  Anything like that, public water supply, people have 24 hours to get it out, this is not.  They have 30 days to get it out by law."


Rudolph says the skidder is expected to be pulled out of the ice Wednesday.  The Warden Service says the owner is responsible for paying for the removal of the skidder. 


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