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February 24, 2009
Lily Bay Man Dies From Injuries Suffered in Snowmobile Incident
Augusta - A 68-year-old Lily Bay man died today (February 24, 2009) from injuries he suffered in a snowmobile incident on Sunday, February 22, 2009.
Paul Tibbetts, 68, of Lily Bay, was snowmobiling with his five nephews on a groomed trail four miles from Kokadjo, at approximately 1:30 p.m. Sunday when he missed a turn on the trail and struck a snow bank located just off the trail, according to MWS Lt. Pat Dorian.
Mr. Tibbetts was thrown over the front of his snowmobile and landed on his back. He was wearing a helmet. His nephews performed first aid and transported their uncle to C.A. Dean Memorial Hospital in Greenville. He was treated there and transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
The Maine Warden Service was contacted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner at 1:30 p.m. today requesting a report on this incident. According to Lt. Dorian, this was the first notification of the incident received by the Maine Warden Service.
The incident is under investigation. Mr. Tibbett’s death is the sixth snowmobile-related fatality this season.