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Maine hospital releases teen skier from Medford who survived two nights in wilds

Nicholas Joy, of Medford, Mass., was released at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday from Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, spokeswoman Jill Gray said. She said she could not provide any further details.

Joy got lost on the back side of Sugarloaf Mountain after skiing with his father Sunday. After an extensive search involving 85 people from state, military and volunteer organizations, Joy was found Tuesday morning on an access road by a snowmobiler who went out looking for him.

The teenager had fashioned a shelter under a rock ledge and lined the spot with snow and evergreen branches to protect himself for two nights, said Maine Warden Service Cpl. John MacDonald. Rescuers said Joy apparently borrowed ideas from survival shows he enjoys watching on television.

Hoping to retrace Joy’s movements, wardens on Wednesday followed his path down the mountain, said MacDonald. Sugarloaf officials, meanwhile, checked where Joy went out of bounds to see if there is any way it can improve signs warning skiers not to venture farther, said ski area spokesman Ethan Austin. Wardens and Sugarloaf both were in contact with Joy on Wednesday.

MacDonald estimated the Warden Service’s cost of search operations at about $15,000. State law authorizes the Warden Service to charge for those expenses if it’s the result of negligent or reckless behavior. No decision on that had been made as of Wednesday.

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