LINCOLN – A walk in the woods turned into a fight for survival for a man from Lincoln.
Ronald Freelove, 69, left a camp in Bradley just before 1:00 p.m. Friday and told his son he’d return around 4:00 p.m.
Game officials were called when he didn’t return and local search and rescue crews helped look for him.
Freelove was eventually found around 12:30 p.m. Saturday by a member of the Maine Association of Search and Rescue.
Turns out, he had brought some supplies with him, but they weren’t much help. Freelove’s lighter wasn’t working which meant he couldn’t start a fire. He also lost his gloves, hat and a pair of compasses. He also used up his guns ammunition while trying to signal rescuers during the night.
He told officials he kept moving to stay warm and after being checked out by medical personnel he returned to hunting camp with his son.