A search plane flies low over Rangeley Lake on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 3, 2013 searching for missing snowmobilers Glenn Henderson, 43, of Sabattus, Kenneth Henderson, 40, of China and John Spencer, 41, of Litchfield.
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RANGELEY, MAINE — The search for three missing snowmobilers presumed to be in Rangeley Lake was hampered by severe weather early Thursday morning, but by late morning recovery efforts had resumed, the Maine Warden Service said.
By mid-afternoon Thursday, the snowmobilers still had not been found.
Cpl. John MacDonald of the warden service said strong winds and fog over Rangeley Lake made navigation extremely hazardous Thursday morning.
“It’s difficult in these temperatures,” said MacDonald, who noted that the weather on Thursday was much colder than on Wednesday.
But just after 11 a.m., weather conditions had improved enough so that game wardens could resume the search, according to MacDonald.
Mechanical problems with air boats being used in the search were a contributing factor in the effort’s being delayed a few hours, according to MacDonald.
“We’re doing the best we can,” he said.
The three snowmobilers — Kenneth Henderson, 40, of China, Glenn Henderson, 43, of Sabattus, and John Spencer, 41, of Litchfield — have been missing since New Year’s Eve.
The trio left Carrabassett Valley for a ride at 6 p.m. Monday and have not been seen since. The men are presumed dead.
As of 3 p.m. Thursday, game wardens still had “a couple of air boats in the water,” MacDonald said.
He added that, if necessary, crews plan to continue the search Friday and into the weekend, but the weather forecast is not promising.
Friday and Saturday “don’t look good,” said MacDonald. “We haven’t made a decision but it’s not looking good right now.”
MacDonald said earlier this week two of the men’s helmets were recovered in an area of Rangeley Lake where Dawn Newell, 45, of Yarmouth fell through ice while riding across the lake on Monday. Her body was found later that day.
A vigil for the three men was held Wednesday night at Oxford Plains Raceway, where all three were race car drivers.
Game warden divers, watercraft, air boats, side scan sonar and aircraft were utilized in Thursday’s search, according to MacDonald.
SOURCE: Bangor Daily News