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Mass. Man Survives 20 Hours in Cold after Snowmobile Flips Over

BANGOR, Maine (CNN) — A 64-year old Massachusetts man is alive and well after getting trapped under a snowmobile for 20 hours.

“If I kept my faith in God, I would get out of this situation,” says Paul Lessard.

Lessard, or “Moses” as he’s known on the trails, survived more than 20 bitter cold hours trapped under his snowmobile.

“I wasn’t really scared. Well, if this is my time, then take me, but if it ain’t time, don’t take me.”

Clearly it wasn’t time for him to go yet. Lessard survived almost an entire day pinned under an arctic cat sled, which weighs nearly half a ton.

It happened Tuesday night.

Lessard, of Milford, Mass., was riding alone on a trail near Fort Kent when he lost control and his sled flipped over.

“My right leg was still in the stirrup and the sled was upside down and I’m like this and I’m all squished up,” Lessard notes.

Search teams traveled over 100 miles through single digit temperatures and snow squalls in pitch dark.

“I heard the plane flying over because I couldn’t look up in the sky. Then an hour later, I heard a snowmobile coming.”

Lessard says that’s an arctic.. that’s where moses is!”

Wardens located lessard at 7:45 Wednesday morning, with only a few bumps and bruises,

He’s in good spirits and says an experience like this isn’t going to stop him from getting back on his sled next winter.


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