A Long Pond man has died in Maine's first snowmobile fatality of the season.

Corporal John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service says 57-year-old Bryan Sylvester started his snowmobile ride at around 2:00 Saturday afternoon, from his home near Jackman. Sylvester had driven about a mile and a half onto Long Pond, near the confluence of Parlin Stream, where it appears he struck a large snow drift. He was killed when he was ejected from his sled onto a very uneven ice surface.

Wardens were notified at around 6:00 Saturday evening, when Sylvester failed to return from his ride, and found his body at 7:45. He had been riding alone and was not wearing a helmet. Sylvester worked for the Maine Department of Transportation.

The accident remains under investigation.

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