Rescue crews respond to a snowmobile accident in China Friday night that left a man with non-life-threatening injuries. Photo courtesy of China Rescue

CHINA — A man suffered non-life-threatening injuries during a snowmobiling accident Friday evening in China Village, officials said.

The unidentified man hit another snowmobile while traveling in a group and was found by rescuers in the area of Mud Pond. The China Rescue Squad off Main Street in China Village responded and the victim was taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta for treatment of his injuries.

“I went out on one of the snowmobiles that had come out to lead us in, probably about a mile in,” China Rescue Squad Chief Daniel McKinnis said Saturday. “There was a group of snowmobilers in the woods. The guy was on the ground, we packaged him, put him on a backboard into a scoop and got him out.”

Responders received the call about the accident around 10:25 p.m. and crews worked nearly until midnight.

Factoring in the windchill, temperatures felt subzero during the rescue. Crews from Vassalboro, Albion, Delta Ambulance, China Police, China Village Fire Department, Maine State Police and the Maine Warden Service assisted on the call.

“Given the circumstances, the cold weather, the accessibility, because we worked so well together as surrounding towns and we worked to utilize each others resources we got there in a timely fashion,” McKinnis said. “Fortunately, snowmobilers dress for the weather so there wasn’t as much of a risk for hypothermia.”

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