A man from Long Pond died in a snowmobile accident Saturday night in the first snowmobile fatality this season, according to John MacDonald, game warden corporal for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.

Bryan Sylvester, 57, left his Long Pond Road home near Jackman on a snowmobile around 2 p.m. Saturday and drove about a mile and a half onto Long Pond near the confluence of Parlin Stream when apparently the snowmobile struck a large snowdrift, MacDonald, of the Bureau of Warden Service, said Sunday in a press release.

“Sylvester was killed when he was ejected from his snowmobile onto a very uneven ice surface,” he said.

Game wardens were notified and immediately responded about 6 p.m., according to MacDonald. “A search of the area resulted in game wardens locating Sylvester’s body at 7:45 p.m. Sylvester had been riding alone and was operating without a helmet on his 2008 Ski Doo MXZ 600.”

His body was taken to Giberson Funeral Home in Madison, according to MacDonald.

Sylvester worked for the Maine Department of Transportation, he said.

Jackman Fire and Ambulance assisted with the crash response, according to MacDonald.

“Game wardens will be mapping the scene today and will continue their investigation into Sylvester’s death,” MacDonald said.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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