January 7, 2013

Search for Maine snowmobilers awaits break in weather

The Associated Press

RANGELEY — Maine Warden Service divers are hoping for better weather today so they can continue searching for the bodies of three snowmobilers believed to have plunged into Rangeley Lake.

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In this photo provided by the Maine Warden Service, wardens conduct search operations on Thursday for the three missing snowmobilers presumed to be in Rangeley Lake. Wardens used sonar to scan the lake bottom for approximately two hours before equipment became inoperable due to weather.

AP

Cpl. John MacDonald said a sonar used for several hours on Thursday revealed areas of interest that divers want to investigate this week. But weather has stymied progress.

Glenn Henderson of Sabattus, Kenneth Henderson of China, and John Spencer of Litchfield are presumed dead after going missing. Wardens have recovered gloves and helmets believed to belong to the missing men, and snowmobile tracks lead to an unfrozen area near the middle of the lake.

They're believed to have gone into the water around the same time a Yarmouth woman was killed Sunday night when her snowmobile plunged into the lake.

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