Two 15-year-old Rhode Island teenagers who went missing overnight in the Maine woods after leaving on a snowmobile were found cold, hungry but most importantly, alive Tuesday morning, authorities said.
The teen boys’ snowmobile got stuck in deep snow on a trail near their destination, said Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service.
Ty Howard-Gotto and his friend Jonah May left Mexico at about 7:30 p.m. ET Monday to go to a relative’s camp over in Andover, about 15 miles away. They were expected to arrive at the camp around 10 p.m., however they never showed up.
“Ty and his friend got stuck on sled (and) found a security shed,” Ty’s mother, Tracy Howard, wrote on her Facebook page. “They started a fire to keep warm, then walked out to get a ride this morning.”
Temperatures were frigid, plunging to minus 11 during the early morning, according to Weather Underground. Mexico is a community of about 1,700 residents in the Western Maine mountains about 65 miles north of Portland, USA Today reported.
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The boys attempted to find fire-starting material in a nearby shed but were unsuccessful, MacDonald said. They managed to stay in a small shelter during the frigid night.
Tuesday morning a passer-by found the boys and brought them to the camp of Ty’s grandfather, Phil Howard. The teens were described as “hungry” but otherwise in good health, MacDonald said.
The weather in New England area has been treacherous, with four major snow storms this winter alone. In a separate incident, the body of a hiker was found in New Hampshire’s White Mountains between Mount Madison and Mount Adams, part of a series of summits named after presidents and other prominent Americans and called the Presidential Range, the state’s Fish and Game Department said.
The hiker had been dropped off by her husband early Sunday at the base of the mountains and planned to hike the top of Mount Madison, WMUR-TV reported, before heading through Mount Adams, Mount Jefferson and Mount Washington.
15-Year-Old Boys Rescued After Chilly Night In Maine Woods