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Missing skier found alive; press conference video; photos of search parties

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME – At a press conference this morning, Maine Game Wardens announced that 17-year-old Nicholas Joy, who had been missing since Sunday afternoon, had been found alive by a snowmobiler on the Caribou Pond Road.


Joy was walking under his own power, and was taken to a waiting ambulance where he was checked out by EMTs before being transported to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington for further evaluation.


“Words cannot express how grateful we all are that this turned out the way it did. I cried when I heard the news,” Sugarloaf General Manager John Diller said. “We are so thankful for the hard work of the Warden Service and everyone who turned out over the past three days to help find Nicholas. We’re so fortunate to be part of an amazing community.”


Nearly 100 searchers were on hand today as teams combed through areas on the mountain, both in-bounds and out-of-bounds. Searchers included members of Mahoosuc Rescue, Lincoln (Town of) Search and Rescue (SAR), Franklin County SAR, Mercer CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), US Border Patrol, Maine Forest Service Rangers, SERE School, Wilderness SAR, Mount Desert Island SAR, DIRIGO SAR, Carrabasset Valley Fire and Rescue, Sugarloaf Ski Patrol, Carrabasset Valley Academy, and the Maine Warden Service.


“It was an amazing thing to see so many people come out and help over the past three days,” Diller said. “The community really came together to help bring this young man home safely.”


Joy was found by a snowmobiler on the Caribou Pond Road, on the western side of Sugarloaf Mountain.


He had been missing since Sunday afternoon, when his family reported to Sugarloaf Ski Patrol that he had failed to meet them at a designated time.


Video of today’s press conference is available to download here: https://sugarloaf.imagerelay.com/sb/c7044e40-1149-4e8c-8652-66794a6d5946


Photos of today’s search party are available to download here: https://sugarloaf.imagerelay.com/sb/582df8d2-1b4f-4d7f-8a9c-cc42f5a225d6 




Please direct questions to:


Maine Warden Service: Doug Rafferty | 207-287-5248 or John MacDonald | 207-557-0818


Sugarloaf: Ethan Austin | 207-237-6899 (o) |207-450-4289 (c) | eaustin@sugarloaf.com