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The Coastal Packet

The longtime national journal, Progressive Review, has moved its headquarters from Washington DC to Freeport, Maine, where its editor, Sam Smith, has long ties. This is a local edition dealing with Maine news and progressive politics.

2/22/10

ICE FISHING CATCHES TRUCKS INSTEAD OF FISH


WLBZ - Things turned dangerous really quickly Saturday at the Maine Chevrolet Sebago Derby. The two-day event is one of Maine's largest ice fishing competitions, with prizes like a new truck, a boat or a big cash prize.

Wardens say the warm temperatures made the ice melt and shift, and after the day's events were through, they decided with derby officials to call off the second day and tell fishermen to get off the ice as soon as possible.

About eight cars and trucks parked on the ice fell through, seven ATVs and two snowmobiles went through thin patches, and 18 people fell into the water. A few people had to be rescued, but most either got themselves out or were pulled out almost immediately.  VIDEO

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