Missing teen skier found alive

5:28 PM, Mar 5, 2013   |    comments
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CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine -- A snowmobiler who found a skier who had been missing for two days in Maine says the 17-year-old knew how to stay alive from watching a survival show on TV.

Nicholas Joy also told his rescuer, Massachusetts volunteer firefighter Joseph Paul, that he drank from a stream and used hemlock branches to build a shelter.

Paul says the skier flagged him down on a snowmobile trail at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

He says he gave the teenager some peanuts and crackers to eat before whisking him 4 miles down a mountain trail to an ambulance.

Paul says the teenager from Medford, Mass., was cold and hungry, but otherwise in "really good shape."

Joy told his rescuer he got lost after cutting through the woods to try to save time after a backcountry ski trail ended.

GLENN ADAMS, Associated Press

Associated Press

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