Missing skier found after missing for two days

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 5:47 PM

(AP) -- Nicholas Joy, age 17, from Medford, Massachusetts was located Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. He was located alive and well on the Caribou Pond Road (winter snowmobile trail) on the west side of Sugarloaf Mountain.

He was located by a snowmobiler named Joseph Paul from Warwick, Massachusetts. Paul is a Captain with the Warwick Fire Department. Paul was not part of the official search party but did hear of the search via the media. He decided to ride the Caribou Pond Road snowmobile trial to help look for Joy. At 9:00 a.m., he located Joy on the snowmobile trial. Joy was conscious and alert but was
transported to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington for evaluation.

Visibility on the mountain was poor on Sunday, March 3rd when Joy first went missing. He was last seen by his father Robert Joy on the Timberline chairlift at approximately 12:40 p.m. on Sunday. Nicholas Joy skied out-of-bounds off the Sugarloaf Mountain trail system network. He spent both Sunday and Monday nights on the side of Sugarloaf Mountain. He constructed a snow cave for shelter and located nearby Carrabasset Stream for water.

Searchers had been in that area on Monday and Joy stated he had heard snowmobile engines. Monday, Joy made some directional sampling searches (short searches to and from his ice cave) to look for help.

On Tuesday, Joy walked in the direction of the snowmobile noise he heard the previous day. While walking, he found snowshoe tracks left by searchers. He followed the snowshoe tracks to Caribou Pond Road where he was found by Joseph Paul.
 

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