Maine man, dog die as truck crashes through thin ice on Orland lake

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Responders at the scene of Orland tragedy last night. (MDIWF photo)

ORLAND, Maine - A 63-year old Orland man and his dog are dead after the truck he was driving broke through the ice on Alamoosook Lake last night.

"Ice conditions are poor in some parts of the state, particularly along the coast," said Maine Game Warden Sergeant Alan Gillis. "People need to check the ice in several spots before venturing out, and we are advising people in this area not to take vehicles on the ice."

Brian Wardwell was with his dog and was driving on Alamoosook Lake in Orland last night around 7:15 when his truck broke through the ice. A person on the shore heard someone yelling and attempted to rescue him but was unable to as he went through the ice himself, but was able to get out of the water.

After calling 911, emergency services personnel arrived and several firefighters put on dry suits and found Wardwell floating and unresponsive in water ten feet deep. The brought him to shore and attempted to revive him but were unsuccessful.

"You need to check the ice before heading out," said Gillis, "It can save your life."

The Maine Warden Service along with Orland EMS, Bucksport EMS and LifeFlight all responded to the incident.

No more information is available at this time.

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