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New Hampshire's governor says two people are dead and one is missing after falling through the ice on a lake in the state

New Hampshire's governor said two people are dead and one is missing after falling through the ice on a lake in the state.

 

Gov. Chris Sununu told reporters Saturday evening there have been multiple accidents throughout New Hampshire involving snowmobiles and sleds.

 

Sununu confirmed the fatalities in two different locations of Lake Winnipesaukee. Both accidents were on the northern end of the lake. The Republican governor said there is still one person missing on the southern side. No one has been identified.

"It has been a tragic day here in our state," Sununu said.

Thousands of people were on the lake for an annual ice fishing derby but Sununu said authorities don't believe there was any direct involvement between the derby and the accidents.

He urged people to use caution and to avoid open water.

http://www.mynbc5.com/article/2-dead-1-missing-after-snowmobile-sled-accidents-on-lake/8733228

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Story from UNION LEADER

 

A snowmobiler attends the Meredith Rotary Club Ice Fishing Derby, which attracts hundreds to the region each year for the tournament. (Dan Seufert/Sunday News Correspondent)

Lakes Region: 1 snowmobiler dead, 4 missing after going through ice on Lake Winnipesaukee

By KEVIN LANDRIGAN and DAN SEUFERT
Union Leader Staff/Sunday News Correspondent


MOULTONBOROUGH — Two separate incidents of multiple snowmobiles crashing through the ice on Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough and Alton left one man dead and four others having gone through the icy water and unaccounted for Saturday.

Fish and Game Col. Kevin Jordan said dive teams would return to the water Sunday morning to resume searches at both accident scenes.

“This is the kind of day you never want to see happen; it’s horrible and it’s so tragic,” Jordan said.

“We really had the perfect storm of conditions. There was a ton of volume on the lake for the derby and a cover of snow that made people think the ice was thick and safe underneath when in places, it wasn’t.”

The Meredith Rotary Club Ice Fishing Derby attracts hundreds to the region each year for the tournament.

The first tragic event happened just after noon when three snowmobiles went through the ice near the Moultonborough-Gilford town line in the area of Long Island.

This is about 300 yards off shore and in about 40-to-50 feet of water, Jordan said.

One snowmobiler got himself out right away and is recovering at a local hospital.

Jordan confirmed the second man was rescued out of the freezing water but died a short-time later

“The third one did not come out of the water; we got a track of his machine going into the water and found a helmet in the water that we believe belonged to that individual,” Jordan said.

The second accident scene was at 4 p.m. when four snow machines and their operators broke through thin ice into the water right off Rattlesnake Island in the area of the lake known as “The Broads.” Water depths there can be up to as much as 150 feet, Jordan said.

“One got out and we interviewed him at a local hospital,” he said. “The three others went in and we have not recovered them. I am still waiting to speak with our dive team to get a further update. The dive teams had to stop when it turned dark and will be back at first light.”

Fish and Game officials said they did not know whether these snowmobile operators were taking part in the Great Meredith Fishing Derby or were just recreational riders.

“Even a thin coating of snow can fool a lot of people into thinking the ice is safe when it isn’t,” Jordan said.

“You go from 8 inches of thick ice to open water.”

First responders will resume their interviews Sunday of the two survivors at the incidents to gather more information, Jordan said.

“Our information is sketchy in part because these people go in and everyone is an absolute panic. We rescue them, try and get them warm and the first priority is to stabilize them,” Jordan said.

Airboats were also deployed to help in the search.

Moultonborough Deputy Fire Chief Rick Buckler said one man was rushed to in critical condition to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia just before noon after going through the ice with his snowmobile.

“The Broads” is one of the last parts of lake that traditionally freezes, Buckler said. The part of the lake where the incidents happened “wasn’t covered with ice (Friday).”

The recent snow storms and cold nights may have left some areas that were open water a few days ago covered with thin ice now.

“There may have been some places that had a covering of ice from the cold temperatures overnight, and the snow may have covered some sections,” he said.

But he said snowmobilers on the big lake should know enough to be careful.

“That lake is not safe, no matter what anyone says,” Buckler said. “It’s fine for pond hockey, it’s fine for a fishing derby, but it’s not safe for travel.”

The derby was as busy as ever this year, officials said.

Four days ago, Fish and Game Conservation Officer Ron Arsenault had checked with “numerous successful fishermen” and reported on ice conditions on social media.

“While fishing is great in the Lakes Region, the ice is not,” Arsenault posted on the Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division’s Facebook page.

Arsenault’s tips included that one never assume the ice is safe, to check thickness often and that if ice is “thick in one spot it doesn’t mean it is thick in another.”

klandrigan@unionleader.com

dseufert@newstote.com

- See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/One-man-critical-after-falling-through-Winnipesaukee-ice#sthash.RQmgd7RJ.dpuf

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Second Story.

 

 

Lakes Region: 1 snowmobiler dead, 4 missing after going through ice on Lake Winnipesaukee By KEVIN LANDRIGAN and DAN SEUFERTUnion Leader Staff/Sunday News Correspondent MOULTONBOROUGH — Two separate incidents of multiple snowmobiles crashing through the ice on Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough and Alton left one man dead and four others having gone through the icy water and unaccounted for Saturday.Fish and Game Col. Kevin Jordan said dive teams would return to the water Sunday morning to resume searches at both accident scenes.“This is the kind of day you never want to see happen; it’s horrible and it’s so tragic,” Jordan said.“We really had the perfect storm of conditions. There was a ton of volume on the lake for the derby and a cover of snow that made people think the ice was thick and safe underneath when in places, it wasn’t.”The Meredith Rotary Club Ice Fishing Derby attracts hundreds to the region each year for the tournament. The first tragic event happened just after noon when three snowmobiles went through the ice near the Moultonborough-Gilford town line in the area of Long Island.This is about 300 yards off shore and in about 40-to-50 feet of water, Jordan said.One snowmobiler got himself out right away and is recovering at a local hospital.Jordan confirmed the second man was rescued out of the freezing water but died a short-time later“The third one did not come out of the water; we got a track of his machine going into the water and found a helmet in the water that we believe belonged to that individual,” Jordan said.The second accident scene was at 4 p.m. when four snow machines and their operators broke through thin ice into the water right off Rattlesnake Island in the area of the lake known as “The Broads.” Water depths there can be up to as much as 150 feet, Jordan said.“One got out and we interviewed him at a local hospital,” he said. “The three others went in and we have not recovered them. I am still waiting to speak with our dive team to get a further update. The dive teams had to stop when it turned dark and will be back at first light.”Fish and Game officials said they did not know whether these snowmobile operators were taking part in the Great Meredith Fishing Derby or were just recreational riders.“Even a thin coating of snow can fool a lot of people into thinking the ice is safe when it isn’t,” Jordan said.“You go from 8 inches of thick ice to open water.”First responders will resume their interviews Sunday of the two survivors at the incidents to gather more information, Jordan said.“Our information is sketchy in part because these people go in and everyone is an absolute panic. We rescue them, try and get them warm and the first priority is to stabilize them,” Jordan said.Airboats were also deployed to help in the search.Moultonborough Deputy Fire Chief Rick Buckler said one man was rushed to in critical condition to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia just before noon after going through the ice with his snowmobile.“The Broads” is one of the last parts of lake that traditionally freezes, Buckler said. The part of the lake where the incidents happened “wasn’t covered with ice (Friday).”The recent snow storms and cold nights may have left some areas that were open water a few days ago covered with thin ice now.“There may have been some places that had a covering of ice from the cold temperatures overnight, and the snow may have covered some sections,” he said.But he said snowmobilers on the big lake should know enough to be careful.“That lake is not safe, no matter what anyone says,” Buckler said. “It’s fine for pond hockey, it’s fine for a fishing derby, but it’s not safe for travel.”The derby was as busy as ever this year, officials said.Four days ago, Fish and Game Conservation Officer Ron Arsenault had checked with “numerous successful fishermen” and reported on ice conditions on social media.“While fishing is great in the Lakes Region, the ice is not,” Arsenault posted on the Fish and Game Law Enforcement Division’s Facebook page.Arsenault’s tips included that one never assume the ice is safe, to check thickness often and that if ice is “thick in one spot it doesn’t mean it is thick in another.”klandrigan@unionleader.com dseufert@newstote.com

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WMUR Sleds through Ice - 1 death so far


Moultonborough, N.H. —
One person is dead after falling through the ice on Lake Winnipesaukee, and rescuers are searching for more people in the frigid water.

Both Alton and Moultonborough saw people fall through the ice Saturday afternoon. Saturday evening, dive teams were still searching for at least one person in Alton, hurrying to find clues before darkness set in. Airboats were also deployed to help in the search.

Officials confirmed that one person rescued in Moultonborough did not survive. They have not released the condition of a second person rescued there. Officials say the Moultonborough victims were riding snowmobiles that went through the ice.

Thousands of people are on Lake Winnipesaukee this weekend because of an annual ice fishing derby. Fish and Game officials say they've long been concerned about a situation just like this.

"Lake Winnipesaukee can be extremely unpredictable as far as ice depths," says Col Kevin Jordan of New Hampshire Fish and Game. "We've always had this real concern that we'd have a day like today, and it's just horrible.

http://www.wmur.com/article/person-k...saukee/8732793

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This is so tragic and unnecessary. Every year, you'd think people would learn basic ice safety by now.

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4 hours ago, Saluda said:

This is so tragic and unnecessary. Every year, you'd think people would learn basic ice safety by now.

They never should have held the Fishing Derby this weekend with the ice conditions the way they are.

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1 hour ago, ckf said:

They never should have held the Fishing Derby this weekend with the ice conditions the way they are.

Well, maybe, but it wasn't ice fishermen that had the problem. It was sleds crossing the broads. The fishermen are in the bays.

To be more crude: these people rode where they didn't have any idea how much ice there was, and any ice fisherman could have told them to "know the lake".

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My wife should teach a class on water crossings, she hates them and only if absolutely necessary. Even then it's a white knuckle crossing and only if we're 200 % sure it's "safe". (not that this subject is anything to take lightly)

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4 hours ago, jhwentworth said:

Well, maybe, but it wasn't ice fishermen that had the problem. It was sleds crossing the broads. The fishermen are in the bays.

To be more crude: these people rode where they didn't have any idea how much ice there was, and any ice fisherman could have told them to "know the lake".

It sounds like the derby was a contributing factor in a lot of it according to this article.  http://www.unionleader.com/news/body-of-teen-lost-through-ice-of-lake-winnipesaukee-recovered-bringing-saturday-death-toll-to-3-20170212

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Very recently I was looking at webcams of that lake. There was a lot of open water. That's a lake I would stay away from on any given winter without local knowledge on where to go. It really sucks to see a day of fun turn in to this.

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More news from Winnipesaukee. A New Durham guy drives his truck on the ice to retrieve his bob house and goes through. While F&G is looking this over they see a small plane upside down on the ice with two people trapped inside.

http://www.concordmonitor.com/Truck-breaks-through-ice-plane-flips-on-Lake-Winnipesaukee-8212499

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