"I know that area, so I figured I'd head that way on a snowmobile," Paul said later. "I thought that if I could help out, I would try."
When Paul brought Joy to the ambulance, the boy had a tearful reunion with his parents. David Leaming, a photographer for the Morning Sentinel newspaper, heard Joy say to his father: "I'm OK. I'm just tired."
Sugarloaf ski resort General Manager John Diller said he cried when he heard Joy was found. "It was almost like a miracle," he said.
One or two skiers get lost and are reported missing at Sugarloaf most winters, with skiers sometimes spending a night in the outdoors before being found. In a highly publicized case three years ago, four teenage snowboarders got lost after going out of bounds into ungroomed expert terrain, but they survived a cold night in dense woods and deep snow by continually moving around to stay warm.