MOOSEHEAD LAKE – A Wiscasset man is dead Feb. 23 following a fatal snowmobile crash on Moosehead Lake. Gregory Lemar, age 59, of Wiscasset, was operating a late model Arctic Cat 800 snowmobile toward Rockwood from Greenville shortly after 5 p.m., according to a news release from the Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
His wife, Wanda Lemar, was on a second snowmobile following behind. Initial findings by game wardens indicate Gregory Lamar hit a pressure ridge at a high rate of speed southeast of Hogback Island, the release said.
The incident took place approximately five miles from Rockwood Village.
Snowmobilers in the area attempted to render aid following the crash. Rockwood Fire and Rescue as well as C.A. Dean Ambulance members, of Greenville, responded.
Gregory Lamar was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a helmet, the release said.
This latest crash makes for seven fatal snowmobile incidents this riding season in Maine. Over the last 10 years in Maine, an average of six snowmobilers die each year in snowmobile related incidents, according to IF&W.
Yearly snowmobile registration averages during that same period, to include resident and non-residents, total nearly 75,000 annually. Attached photo of Lamar’s snowmobile courtesy of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Fatal snowmobile incidents this riding season:
- January 19 - Moosehead Lake
- January 25 - Solon
- January 31 - Lynchtown Township
- February 14 - Bachelder’s Grant Twonship
- February 21 - Rangeley
- February 21 - T2 R9 WELS (near Baxter Park)