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Maine Wardens Won’t Charge for Skier’s Rescue

missing skier at sugarloaf foundAUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Warden Service says it will not charge a 17-year-old skier who was missing for two nights near Sugarloaf Mountain for rescue operations, which could exceed $10,000.

Spokesman Doug Rafferty says Nicholas Joy of Medford, Mass., was neither reckless nor negligent when he went off the ski trail and discovered he had lost his way. A review also shows the teenager showed skill at survival techniques as he remained missing Sunday and Monday nights.

He was rescued Tuesday morning west of Sugarloaf Mountain by a snowmobiler who went out looking for him, and was released from the hospital in good shape the next day.

The search involved 85 people from the Warden Service, military and trained volunteer groups.

Sugarloaf officials also say they have no intention to charge Joy.


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  • shanirv

    Well that’s a relief to him & his family I’m sure. Other wise there probably b a huge drop in people going to main on ski trips. Um can I purchase the rescue insurance with my lift ticket please? Can’t imagine being stranded & lost out in the cold wondering if ill live to see my family again & then wonder how much it will cost me if I do…

  • The truth

    With technology the way it is today can’t they give some kind of small GPS tag. That way we don’t have dead skiers or spend countless man hours searching for lost skiers.