Snowmobile Sinks in First Connecticut Lake.

NH Snowmobile Crashes.


Snowmobile Sinks in 1st. Connecticut Lake

Operator escapes unharmed.

PITTSBURG, NH - Just before 9:30 AM on Thursday, March 1, New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officer Chris Egan received a report that a snowmobile had broken through an area of unsafe ice and open water at the northern end of First Connecticut Lake.

Gregory Barcomb, 52, of Marshfield, VT, and a friend had been snowmobiling near Green's Point, in the vicinity of the Connecticut River inlet to the lake, in attempt to locate an access to the main trail system, when Barcomb encountered unsafe ice and open water. Barcomb's snowmobile broke through and sunk, and his riding companion had just enough notice to navigate the unsafe area without sinking. Thankfully, Barcomb was able to swim to the edge of the ice and kick himself up onto it to safety.

Barcomb was immediately transported by his riding companion to a rental cabin on the western shore of the lake, where the men had been staying. He was cold and wet, but otherwise uninjured.

At the time of the incident, fog over the lake ice due to warm temperatures, as well as the ice having a wet surface, served to camouflage the unsafe ice and open water with the surrounding ice.

"Both riders were extremely lucky to have survived this incident," Egan stated. "Even here in the far northern part of New Hampshire, ice conditions are rapidly deteriorating. Areas around inlets and outlets to lakes and ponds have deteriorated greatly over the recent weeks of warm weather, rain and increased daytime solar energy, resulting in unsafe, compromised ice and open water in places."

Alcohol was not a factor in this incident, and the Department of Environmental Services was notified, pursuant to NH law. Arrangements have been made to have the snowmobile recovered.

Posted 3/2/18


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