ROME - A Leeds man was rescued from the roof of his truck on Saturday evening after his truck went through thin ice on North Pond, according to a spokesperson with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Jeff Worster of Leeds told Game Warden Gary Allen that he was out driving his 2005 Chevrolet Silverado at approximately 6:15 p.m. Saturday when he ventured onto what's called the Narrows between North Pond and Little North Pond in Rome, according to spokesperson Deborah Turcotte.
The area is known to be treacherous because of flowing water that can make it difficult for ice to thicken to safe levels, she said.
According to Warden Allen, Worster said he was not familiar with the area and did not check the ice before driving onto it. Rome, Belgrade and Smithfield fire and rescue departments responded Saturday night and worked to get Worster off the lake.
The truck is sitting on the lake's bottom in about five feet of water. The cab is visible, officials said.
A representative from the Department of Environmental Protection was to go to the scene to check for any environmental impact. A towing company is going to attempt to pull the truck from the lake today. Estimates for extraction are $3,000 to $4,500.