SINCLAIR — Maine game wardens say two snowmobile operators had a close call over the weekend in northern Maine.

Wardens say 24-year-old Caleb Fernald and 22-year-old Jake Deschaine were charged with operating under the influence after driving their machines onto open water in the community of Sinclair.

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The thoroughfare between Long Lake and Mud Lake typically remains open water, even in the dead of winter.

Wardens say the water was only 3 to 5 feet deep, so the men from the Brewer area were able to escape early Sunday and seek shelter at a nearby home. Wardens say they weren’t familiar with the area.