GREENWOOD – Emergency responders converged on South Pond on Monday, but discovered that a reported overturned boat was merely a remnant of the winter’s ice fishing activities.

Norm Lewis of the Maine Warden Service said a portion of an ice fishing shack was likely floating in the middle of the pond before winds pushed it to shore off Big Island Lane.

When the debris was spotted and reported, emergency crews from Greenwood, Woodstock and Bethel fire departments as well as Tri-Town Rescue responded.

Lewis said a search of the pond with boats revealed no signs of a missing boater. He said he was unable to contact the owner of a truck parked at a boat landing, but materials in the truck did not suggest that its owner was on the lake. Lewis said he would be checking in on the truck throughout the day.

Nearby Twitchell Pond still had ice on some of its edges, and Lewis said South Pond was frozen over only five days earlier. He estimated the water temperature to be 35 degrees.

Lewis said two people suffered minor injuries Sunday when their canoe flipped over on the Androscoggin River in Gilead. He advised that boaters tell someone where they are going and when they expect to be back, try not to go boating alone, and wear life jackets.


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