Snowmobiler swims to safety after falling through ice

March 2, 2018

PITTSBURG, N.H. (AP) — Officials say a Vermont man whose snowmobile fell through the ice on a New Hampshire lake was able to swim to safety.

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials say 52-year-old Gregory Barcomb, of Marshfield, Vermont, and a friend were snowmobiling near First Connecticut Lake in Pittsburg on Thursday.

They were trying to find a way to the main trail when Barcomb’s snowmobile broke through the ice. Barcomb managed to swim to the edge of the ice and climb out. His friend then took him back to their cabin. Barcomb was cold and wet but otherwise uninjured.

Officials say fog and the ice’s wet surface made it difficult to see the unsafe area.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officer Chris Egan said the two were lucky to survive the incident.

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