These screenshots are from a YouTube video showing the snowmobile pulling a person on water skis through the Weirs Channel.
State officials are not amused by ‘skimmer’ pulling water skier
By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A video of a snowmobile pulling a skier across the open water of Weir Channel was popular on social media Monday, but New Hampshire Fish and Game Col. Kevin Jordan was not amused.
"It's insane," he said. "There are no safety measures you can take to prepare yourself for 30-degree water. What angers me is that it is one thing to disregard your own safety, but stunts like that put others in danger. When they fall, I've got to put at risk guys with families to save them."
Jordan said no arrests had been made by Monday afternoon in the Saturday stunt but those involved broke a law and could be subject to a fine of more than $500.
Although snowmobiles are heavy, some can skim across the surface of the water if they going fast enough, if they are well balanced, if they don't slow, if they don't hit anything and if conditions are just right.
In the video, which can be seen at https://tinyurl.com/hzt2z6t, the snowmobile can be seen going across ice, then on the water while pulling a person who is seen wearing water skis and then kicking them off and speeding along barefoot.
C.J. Gulbicki has seen people skim snowmobiles over open water before, but on Saturday he couldn't resist shooting some images with his cell phone to record what was taking place in the channel.
"There are times when people will get in the channel with a snowmobile, but not pulling a skier, never mind a barefoot skier," he said.
He said those involved seemed prepared and included a team with someone in a kayak and a diver. They were wearing life jackets and wet suits.
Gulbicki said the ride lasted about a mile. It ended when the snowmobile returned to the ice. The skier dropped into knee-deep water, where people were ready to recover him.
Jordan said there are multiple videos of the incident, which may help officers in finding those involved.
Earlier this month, three people died when their snowmobiles broke through ice on Lake Winnipesaukee.
"We just got through a weekend with three fatalities, and these guys who pulled Saturday's stunt think they can do it because they have a wet suit on," Jordan said, expressing disbelief.
"Those machines are not made to go on water. If I've seen anything dumber, I don't know when. It's mind-boggling that adults are doing it. I can promise you they will be prosecuted."
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