On Saturday, February 11, a teenager, Arthur Remy, and his 48-year-old father Arnaud Remy, of Mamaroneck, New York, were partaking in the Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby, where thousands of people attended, snowmobiling on Lake Winnipesaukee when tragedy struck.
Authorities said a father and his teenage son also fell through the ice on the lake in nearby Alton. He was hospitalized with hypothermia. Saturday evening, dive teams were still searching for at least one person in Alton, hurrying to find clues before darkness set in. It happened about 300 yards off shore and in about 40-to-50 feet of water, Jordan said.
On Lake Winnipesaukee, Fish and Game officials said they did not know whether these snowmobile operators were taking part in the Meredith Rotary Club Ice Fishing Derby or were just recreational riders. His 15-year-old son was missing and presumed drowned.
"None of us can remember another single day when we had this number of fatalities on Lake Winnipesaukee or any lake for that matter", said Col. Kevin Jordan, a 25-year Fish and Game veteran.More news: Surface Phone, Surface Pro Major Updates Reportedly Coming in Q4 2017
"It's tragic", Tim Bergquist said.
"They were up here with a group of people, and they were ice fishing together. They hit some very thin ice that had a thin covering of snow and they both went through", Morse said.
"We have it in our pamphlets; it's in the state publications".
"We had the flawless storm", Jordan said. "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".More news: '2.0' actress Amy Jackson's phone hacked, pictures leaked on social media
Two other deaths occurred on the same lake, on the same day.
Searchers pulled another rider from the water and tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead after transport to an area hospital.
The father and son came to the Alton area from NY and joined a group of seven people that was part of the Great Meredith Rotary Fishing Derby, Morse said.
"We've always had this real concern that we'd have a day like today, and it's just terrible".More news: What Is Barack Obama Doing Now? Kitesurfing With Richard Branson, Obviously
"Right now we have variable conditions on the ice", he said. "If you're going to go out there, you need to go ahead and dig some holes and measure the depth of the ice and make sure it's safe". "Personnel preventive equipment such as flotation coats and devices, ice picks and throw ropes should always be readily available while on the ice".
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