WARREN — A group of ice skaters are credited with saving a Warren man who went through the ice while driving his all-terrain vehicle on South Pond.

Roger Steele, 40, was on his ATV Saturday afternoon, Jan. 22 when, at about 4 p.m., he came to a very large pressure ridge, tried to stop, but was unable to — as his ATV tires were not studded or chained — before entering the pressure ridge and going into the water, according to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Steele was unable to get out of the water himself, but some nearby ice skaters saw the incident, went and got some rope and gear, and rescued him.

Warren Fire and Rescue, Warren Emergency Medical Services, along with the Knox County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene to assist as well. Steele’s body core temperature had dropped fast according to EMS personnel, but Steele was able to be warmed up in the ambulance and then declined to be taken to a hospital.

Steele told public safety crews where he had been fishing there was 10 inches of ice. The Maine Warden Service continues to remind the public of varying ice conditions, and that even with the very cold temperatures, ice thickness can vary due to water current and natural spring holes.