March 6, 2013

Lost skier in Maine: 'I'm OK, I'm just tired'

After two frigid nights alone on Sugarloaf, and amid a massive search effort, teenager Nicholas Joy follows tracks to where a snowmobiler finds him.

By Kaitlin Schroeder, Matt Hongoltz-Hetling and Amy Calder / Morning Sentinel

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Missing skier Nicholas Joy, 17, of Medford, Mass., is led to an ambulance Tuesday morning after spending two nights lost near the Sugaloaf ski area.

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Diller said at a press conference Tuesday that he arrived minutes after Joy was found and cried with relief with the family. "It's almost like a miracle," he said.

Adam said it was not the most expensive search game wardens have conducted, but the total cost will likely be about $10,000. He said the cost will not be passed on to the family because Joy was not blatantly negligent.

In Medford, where Joy is a high school senior, Superintendent Roy Belson said Tuesday that the school's staff and students were relieved and happy.

"Let's be glad that he was found – and he is OK as far as we know," he said. "We appreciate all of the efforts of all the Maine people who searched for him."

Belson said a schoolwide announcement was made after he learned the good news Tuesday morning.

The school has not discussed any type of welcoming celebration for Joy when he returns to school, but Belson said he is sure the students and staff want to spend time with him and ensure that he is comfortable and knows people care about him.

Everyone will have questions about what happened and how Joy survived, but it's important that they not "create a situation that is more stressful than it needs to be," Belson said.


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Donna Joy becomes emotional as she reflects on the two days her son Nicolas Joy, 17, was missing on Sugarloaf Mountain as she speaks to media at the Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington on Tuesday.

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Bob Joy, father of missing skier Nicholas Joy, arrives at the site where his son was brought out by snowmobile Tuesday morning. At left is Carrabassett Valley police officer Randy Walker.

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Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Joy is surrounded by game wardens and others who brought him out of the woods Tuesday. At right is Joseph Paul who picked up Joy on the snowmobile and at left is Carrabassett Valley police chief Mark Lopez.

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