Alaska teen among four snowboarders lost at Maine resort

Posted: Tuesday, March 02, 2010

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - Four teenage snowboarders who got lost at the Sugarloaf Mountain ski resort survived a cold night in dense woods and deep snow - despite their failure to start a fire by lighting a dollar bill - by continually moving around to stay warm.

The teens were rescued Monday morning after going out of bounds late Sunday afternoon in an area known as the snowfields, a large section of ungroomed expert terrain on the mountain's backside.

The Sugarloaf ski patrol and the Maine Warden Service searched late into the night Sunday, communicating with the lost snowboarders by cell phone and text messages and coming within shouting distance.

Wardens found 18-year-old Luke Poisson, of Lewiston, who had become separated from the three other snowboarders, four hours later after hearing his shouts and determining his position using a compass, said warden service spokeswoman Deborah Turcotte. Poisson but didn't require hospitalization, she said.

Three others - 18-year-old Cory Koop of North Pole; 19-year-old Malachi Belluscio of Keene, N.H.; and 15-year-old Aaron Nadeau of New Portland - were located a short time later. They were not injured, Turcotte said.

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