LACONIA — Emerson Aviation declared "ice in" on Lake Winnipesaukee effective Monday, based on an overflight on Tuesday to confirm it.
"Be careful out there. Just because I've called it doesn't mean its safe, just that there is soild ice throughout the M/S Mount Washington route," reported Dave Emerson.
Emerson referred to "dramatic ice formation," but added, "The ice is very thin and dangerous as tragically we saw with the deaths of three snowmobilers this past weekend."
Three people died — a young man from New York and two men from Massachusetts — when their snowmobiles plunged through the ice of Lake Winnipesaukee in separate incidents Saturday. On Saturday afternoon, a father and his 15-year-old son were riding snowmobiles in the Alton area, off of Rattlesnake Island near The Broads, the deepest part of the lake, when they both went through, officials reported. The father, Arnaud Remy, 48, of Mamaroneck, New York, survived, but his 15-year-old son, Arthur Remy, died in the accident, officials said.
In a separate incident, around noon Saturday, three snowmobilers from Westboro, Massachusetts, plunged into the water between Moultonborough and Sandy Island, officials said. Sole survivor was Steven Weiss, 66, while David Crosier, 68; and Mark O’Connell, 62, both died in the accident, officials reported.
Emerson reported, "Lake Winnipesaukee with its springs and currents is very variable and unpredictable in ice thickness. If you venture out please be vigilant and check thickness often." The aviation company now looks toward spring and the calling for "ice out."
Last year, "ice in" was declared on Feb. 15. "Ice out" was declared on the record early date of March 18.
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