Press Release

August 5, 2013

WOMAN RESCUED - PUSHAW LAKE, GLENGURN

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Maine Warden Service

--For Immediate Release--

PUSHAW LAKE, GLENBURN: Sunday afternoon (August 4) at approximately 2:30 PM, Lizabeth Gleason (54) of Hermon left to go boating in a small watercraft on Pushaw Lake in Glenburn. After not returning for several hours, her friends and family began searching the lake. Gleason’s family searched the area for several hours and did not locate her. Just prior to dark, they called the Maine Warden Service.

Game wardens responded with a boat in an attempt to locate Gleason. The wardens searched the lake until after midnight, but found no sign of Gleason. Search efforts continued Friday morning with two warden service watercraft and an airplane. At approximately 9:00 AM, the warden service air plane spotted Gleason on a remote shore of the lake. She was picked up by game wardens and transported back to a residence in Glenburn.

Gleason said her Craig Cat Boat, http://www.craigcat.com/ suffered mechanical issues preventing Gleason from returning to camp. She said she spent the night on the boat both drifting and tied to a hazard buoy. Early this morning she drifted to the remote shore where she waited at a nearby camp until she was located by the airplane. Although cold, wet and a bit shaken up from her ordeal, Gleason was doing well.

The Maine Warden Service would like to remind boaters to always tell someone where you plan to go and when you plan to be home. When possible, bring a cell phone with you and always wear your life jacket.

No further information is available at this time.

Please direct media related calls to Corporal John MacDonald by calling: Public Safety Dispatch in Gray at 207-657-3030 Email at: john.macdonald@maine.gov