WARREN – A rescue by a Knox County Sherriff’s Office Sergeant likely saved the life of a Warren man after the ATV he was a passenger in drove into open water, according to the Maine Warden Service.
Craig Dennison, 38, of Warren, and Donald Holbrook, 28, also of Warren were on an ATV on Crawford Pond in Warren around 9:30 Saturday night, when they drove into an area of open water about 100 yards from shore.
Residents heard their cries for help and called 911.
According to the Maine Warden Service, when Dennison was unable to get himself out of the water and on to ice, Knox County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Arthur Smith jumped in the water and held Holbrook upright so he wouldn’t drown before others could assist with the rescue.
Both Dennison and Holbrook were taken to the hospital. The Maine Warden Service says Dennison is in stable condition. Holbrook was listed as stable but serious.
According to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Smith was also checked and cleared at the hospital as a precaution.
The Maine Warden Service is reminding the public that with warmer weather, some areas that are normally frozen this time of year may not be right now, and to check ice thickness before heading out on it.