April 06, 2020

Utility worker found safe in Blue Hill

BLUE HILL — At 4 a.m. Saturday, Marc Contard of Machias walked out of the woods near Blue Hill Mountain with the help of the Maine Warden Service, according to V. Paul Reynolds, spokesman for the department.

Contard, a U.S. Cellular repairman, hiked into the cellular phone tower late Friday. When he attempted to leave the site after making repairs, he lost his way down off the hill. Using his cellular phone, Contard attempted to direct rescuers to his location until his phone ran out of battery power. He also made several unsuccessful attempts to start a fire with a blowtorch he was carrying.

Ultimately, Warden Pilot Roger Wolverton took to the air with night vision goggles to help pinpoint Contard’s location. Working with a ground team with Warden Jeff Lewis and the Maine Search and Rescue Team, a search dog picked up the scent of the missing man. Contard was found unhurt, but cold.

Reynolds added that wardens were kept busy throughout the weekend investigating snowmobile accidents.

In Jackman, Robert York of Yarmouth missed a corner onto a bridge and left the trail on ITS 89 near Hardscrabble Lodge. He and his snowmobile landed in a brook. York suffered a severe blow to the head when he struck a rock. His injury did not require hospitalization, Reynolds said. Warden Rick Clowry investigated the accident.

In an accident on ITS 86 near Kokadjo, an unidentified Millinocket child operating a snowmobile was injured when two sleds sideswiped each other on the trail. Dana Goldberg of Cape Neddick was operating the other sled and was not injured. Warden Adam Gormly investigated the incident.

In another accident, an unidentified young woman was injured and hospitalized in Greenville when the snowmobile she was driving toppled over on her on a steep grade in downtown Greenville.

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