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Maine's ice disk hacked with chainsaw by N.J. man once arrested for scaling displaced Seaside Heights roller coaster


A naturally occurring ice disk on Westbrook, Maine's Presumpscot River, seen here on Jan. 23, has suffered some setbacks. (Robert F. Bukaty / AP)

Maine’s massive floating ice disk that’s captured the world’s attention is holding up after suffering a chainsaw attack by a N.J. man whose daredevil adventures have gotten him in trouble in the past.

Christopher Angulo — arrested and committed in 2013 for scaling a Seaside Heights roller coaster thrust into the ocean by Superstorm Sandy — says he was trying to carve a peace sign into the 300-foot-wide circular block of ice Thursday.

“I’m a tree climber, it makes me uniquely qualified to do this because I use chainsaws, ropes,” he told WGME, a CBS-affiliated station in Portland, Maine. “I'm making a giant peace sign out of this and I want it to spin around so bad, and create that visual for the world to see of peace making the world go ‘round right here in Westbrook.”

Back in January of 2013, when he was 38, Angulo was arrested and then placed in a psychiatric ward after climbing what was left of the damaged Jersey Shore roller coaster to place an American flag.

"I'm a little off, you could say," Angulo told the Daily News at the time. "Some people see a roller coaster in the ocean; I see a jungle gym.”

After the Seaside Heights incident, authorities placed Angulo in the psychiatric ward at St. Barnabas Hospital in Toms River. He told the News from the hospital that when he gets out, “I'm going to keep putting American flags up.”

And that’s just what he did, planting American flags on the ice disk Thursday.

The swirling block of ice garnered attention for its unusually large size and perfectly circular form as it floats down the Presumpscot River in Westbrook.

Besides the chainsaw attack, it’s also braved the elements this week.

“Today was a rough day for the ice disk,” a Thursday post from the city of Westbrook’s Facebook page reads. “It was hit by warm temperatures, heavy rains, and an out of state visitor who used tools to cut chunks out of it and carve a line across the middle.

“We discourage anyone from attempting to go out on the ice,” the post continued. “It is not safe and the public is enjoying it intact. We hope the ice disk can rebound.”

The post is accompanied by a 20-second time-lapse video that shows what looks like frost disappearing from the top of the disk as it dampens and Angulo walking on top of it with equipment, slicing a line straight across the middle of the surface.

On Friday, the city of Westbrook assured worried ice disk-watchers that the frozen spectacle was doing okay. In a Facebook post, the city said a Brown University scientist studying the formation told them that Angulo’s stunt was “not enough to do anything that would stop it from doing what it wants.”