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Ice skater ‘lucky’ to be alive after falling into frosty Maine lake

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An ice skater is “fortunate” to be alive after he was plunging right into a frigid lake in Maine, authorities mentioned.

Mark Simpson, 56, was skating on the north finish of Thompson Lake in Oxford Wednesday afternoon when he went by means of the ice, in response to the Maine Division of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.

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Witnesses close by known as 911 and rescue models from a number of neighboring departments responded to the scene with a sled to pluck him out of the water

“Clearly he was torpid and shivering,” Oxford Hearth and Rescue Chief Paul Hewey told the Sun Journal. “Hypothermia was kicking in in a short time. However he was alert sufficient when [we] received him at the back of the ambulance.”

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Simpson, of Oxford, was taken to a hospital in Norway, the place he remained late Wednesday. A message looking for touch upon his situation Thursday afternoon was not instantly returned.

No less than two inches of strong ice is really helpful for skating, nevertheless it’s unclear how thick the protecting on Thompson Lake was when Simpson fell in, the Solar Journal reported.

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Maine Recreation Warden Harry Wiegman, who took half in Wednesday’s rescue, mentioned ice situations on the lake and others within the space are “very inconsistent and harmful,” regardless of chillier temps of late.

“Rescue crews did a wonderful job in very troublesome and difficult situations to rescue Simpson,” Wiegman mentioned in a information launch, which added Simpson was “fortunate” to have survived the incident.

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