Maine man rescued after ATV breaks through thin ice


    A Baileyville man had to be rescued after his ATV broke through thin ice in Washington County Tuesday afternoon. (Maine Warden Service)

    BAILEYVILLE (WGME) -- A Baileyville man had to be rescued after his ATV broke through thin ice in Washington County Tuesday afternoon, according to the Maine Warden Service.

    Wardens say ice fishermen witnessed an ATV break through the ice into open water on Grand Falls Flowage, across from Squirrel Point boat landing around 3 p.m.

    The operator of the ATV, 56-year-old Mike Murphy, was not injured and managed to get to Walls Island to wait for help, according to wardens.

    Poor ice conditions between the island and the mainland prevented him from getting back to safety.

    Game wardens used an airboat to get to Murphy. The ATV was retrieved from the open water and towed back to shore.

    Airboat used by the Maine Warden Service. (Maine Warden Service)

    Wardens say ice conditions in the area are often poor and they are urging people to use caution.

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