Snowmobiles fall through ice on Lake Flower

Local police say two snowmobiles broke through the ice on Lake Flower over the weekend.

Saranac Lake Village Police Chief Bruce Nason says the sleds went through some fairly thin ice near River Street early Sunday evening. The accidents occurred across the street from St. Bernard's School, Nason adds.

Police say a snowmobile operated by Michael Ohmann broke through ice that was about three inches thick. Another rider, Troy DeLancett, stopped to help, but his sled broke through as well.

Nason says DeLancett was able to recover his snowmobile not long after the accident. Ohmann's sled was recovered the following morning.

According to Nason, any tickets relating to environmental damage would be issued by the state Department of Environmental Conservation - but he did note that his officers are checking to make sure the sleds were properly registered.

Nason said Tuesday that no tickets had been issued.

Last week, DEC warned outdoor enthusiasts that ice on lakes and ponds throughout the Adirondacks is inconsistent due to recent thawing and freezing.

Officials remind snowmobilers, anglers, skiers and snowshoers to check ice thickness before venturing out.

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