Sugarloaf Mountain -
It's being called a miracle. A teenage boy missing since Sunday afternoon has been found safe Tuesday at Sugarloaf Mountain.
Nicholas Joy, 17, of Medford, Massachusetts, was found around 9am by a snowmobiler.
Wardens say Joy skied out of bounds and was found on the west side of the mountain.
Reported missing by his family Sunday, Joy built a snow cave for shelter, drank water from a nearby stream, and walked toward the sound of snowmobiles during the day.
"This morning was going in the direction of the snowmobile trails when he actually came across the snowshoe trails from the people that were looking for him. He followed those out to the snowmobile trail, started walking down that about a mile and a half before he was picked up by a snowmobiler," said Lt. Kevin Adam with the Maine Warden Service.
The man who found Joy, Joseph Paul, is a firefighter from Massachusetts. He was not part of the search team, just someone who heard a kid was missing and wanted to help.
Joy was taken to a hospital, but we're told he's doing fine.
Joy told Paul his favorite shows are survival shows, which might explain how he reacted when he got lost.
Joy's family released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:
There is great relief and happiness that Nicholas has made it through this difficult ordeal. We want to thank everyone for their hopes and prayers and especially members of the rescue team that includes
§ Sugarloaf Staff and Ski Patrol
§ Maine Warden Service
§ The Carrabassett Valley Academy community
§ US Border Patrol
§ Carrabassett Valley Police and Fire department
§ Maine Forest Service
§ Maine Association of Search and Rescue volunteers
His family would like to extend a very special thank you to Chaplain Gerry Baril, and Joseph Paul, the snowmobiler who found Nicolas.
Nicholas is doing well and his family would like the public to respect their privacy during this time of healing.
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