January 26, 2013

Vigil held for missing snowmobilers

The Associated Press

RANGELEY — More than 50 people braved below-zero wind chills during a vigil for three Maine men who are presumed dead after riding their snowmobiles into Rangeley Lake.

Friday night's vigil on the ice-covered lake was held during Rangeley's annual Snodeo snowmobile festival.

Some people previously criticized festival organizers, saying the event should be postponed until the bodies are recovered.

But Ken Henderson Sr., the father of one of the victims, said Friday he's glad the event went on and is thankful to the Rangeley community.

It's believed the three men rode into open water in the overnight hours of Dec. 30, the same night a Yarmouth woman was killed when she rode into the lake.

Search efforts for the men's bodies have been put on hold because of ice and cold.

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