Ossipee — February 16, 2009 — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says two snowmobilers broke through thin ice on Ossipee Lake and least one of them was in the water for about a half-hour. The two were part of a group of four traveling near Spindle Point on the lake late Sunday night.
The first two made it safely; but the ice cracked for 45-year-old Donna Beaudoin of Taunton, Mass., and 55-year-old Fred Williams of Vineyard Haven, Mass.
Fish and Game officer Alex Lopashanski says Williams’ machine didn’t completely sink and he was able to come to Beaudoin’s aid before going through the ice, too. Nearby campers threw out an inflatable device for them to hold onto.
Lopashanski said Beaudoin was in lake about 30 minutes. She was in stable condition at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on Monday. Williams was treated and released from a hospital.
Firefighters said the lake was about 40 feet deep in the area.
View WMUR-TV’s report here.