Old Lyme man dead after falling through ice at Rogers Lake

January 27, 2019

Old Lyme — One man is dead and another was hospitalized for hypothermia after they both fell through the ice while playing hockey on Rogers Lake on Saturday afternoon, state police said.

Harry Jewett, 60, of Old Lyme was pronounced dead at the scene after he was submerged under the ice for more than an hour, according to state police Sgt. Jeff Couto. His wife has been notified of his death, Couto said.

Larry Buhl, 61, of North Haven was rescued as he clung to the ice. He suffered hypothermia, and was taken to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, where he was in stable condition.

The two men had parked their car at the Hains Point beach area at the south end of the lake and were seen skating across the lake with hockey sticks and pucks, according to the sergeant.

A resident of Avenue G on the northeast side of the Lake called 911 at 3:14 p.m. after hearing screams and investigating. The hole in the ice was approximately 35 feet off shore in about 30 feet of water.

Old Lyme firefighters used a canoe and safety ropes to pull Buhl to safety. A Guilford Police dive team recovered Jewett’s body.

The ice on the lake is less than an inch thick and is not safe for skating, the sergeant said.

Firefighters and police from Old Lyme were at the scene, along with Lyme firefighters, the Guilford dive team and state police.


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