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Woman Presumed Dead in Maine Snowmobile Accident
12/31/2012 9:09 AM ET  

The Maine Warden service says the woman and her 16-year-old son were riding on separate snowmobiles early Sunday evening when the mother's machine crashed through the ice.

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The Maine Warden Service searches Rangeley Lake by air for a woman who crashed through the ice on her snowmobile.

RANGELEY, Maine (AP) _ Maine wardens are searching for the body of a 45-year-old woman who crashed through the ice on Rangeley Lake on her snowmobile and didn't come up in Maine's first snowmobile fatality of the season.

The warden service says the woman and her 16-year-old son were riding on separate snowmobiles early Sunday evening when the mother's machine crashed through the ice. Officials say her son was following behind her and started to break through the ice, but he was able to jump to solid ice and get to shore, where he called 911.

Corp. John MacDonald says game wardens are planning recovery efforts Monday that will include a warden service dive team and aircraft.

MacDonald said the woman was from southern Maine, but her identity is not yet being released.

Photo courtesy of the Maine Warden Service.

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