AUGUSTA, Maine (CBS) – A hiker suffering from hypothermia and a stranded family of five adults were rescued in two separate instances in Maine on Saturday night by the state’s Warden Service and Emergency Service Personnel.
The hiker, 38-year-old Christopher J. Lebel from Phippsburg, fell into water while walking with his dog on the Appalachian trail in Township E on Saturday morning. He was unable to warm himself up after getting out of the water and became “severely hypothermic”, according to officials.READ MORE: Brigham And Women's 'Hearts On The Bridge' Display Honors Lives Lost And Saved From COVID
While dealing with below-freezing temperatures, along with ice and snow on the ground, Lebel texted a friend, who then called 9-1-1.
Rescue crews were able to get to Lebel by operating an ATV to get close to him. When they reached him, rescuers started a fire and gave him hot liquids and food. With assistance, he was then able to walk out of the woods to the area near the ATV at around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. He did not need to go to the hospital.READ MORE: Worcester Police Shoot, Kill Heavily Armed Man Making Bomb Threat
“Had Lebel been unable to send a text for help, it is unlikely he would have survived the night in the woods,” said Maine Game Warden Sergeant Scott Thrasher.
In a separate instance on Saturday, a family of five from New Jersey was stranded in Weld on Tumbledown Mountain. After climbing to the top of the mountain, they were unable to locate the trail back down the mountain because of the snow and ice on the ground.
The family then called 9-1-1, and later, game wardens found the group huddled together to try and stay warm. The game wardens then started a fire to warm them up.MORE NEWS: Gisele Bundchen Joining Boston-Based DraftKings As 'Special Advisor'
The family was able to hike down the mountain safely.