83-year-old man rescued after tractor breaks through ice
Appleton — At approximately 2:45 p.m. this afternoon, Knox County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were called to Appleton Ridge Road for a tractor that had gone through the ice on a private pond. It was reported the operator was still in the water.
Tree Roth of Union and Dora Lievow of Camden were cross-country skiing on the ridge across from the pond when they heard someone yelling for help. Roth and Lievow went to the area and found George Stevenson, 83, of Appleton had gone through the ice and was clinging to his tractor. He was in the water up to his chest and unable to move. First responders from Appleton Fire Department and Union Ambulance were able to get Stevenson off the tractor and to shore safely. He was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center by Union Ambulance. Last report was Stevenson was doing fine, according to police.
"I spoke with Roth and Lievow and discussed how lucky it was that they had been cross-country skiing at that particular time. I fear the outcome would have been worse otherwise. Ms. Roth stated they happened to be there because of Stevenson’s generosity in allowing public access to his property for people to recreate and enjoy the land and water. She stated he was attempting to plow the snow off the ice to allow kids to ice skate in front of his residence," said Deputy Tim Carroll of the sheriff's office in a press release.