KEENE, NH- After an extensive search, officials say there was no victim involved in a Snowmobile becoming submerged in a Rindge pond.
During a routine patrol Thursday afternoon two Conservation officers discovered the Snowmobile partially submerged in Emerson Pond, this prompted officials to contact the Rindge Fire Department who in turn requested the Winchendon Massachusetts Fire Department dispatch their hovercraft to search for potential victims.
Shortly after getting on to the ice in hopes of locating victims and removing the machine, officials failed to find any victims but did find footprints leading away from the crash site.
As conditions on the ice became increasingly dangerous and a canvas of nearby homes failed to provide any results, officials suspended search efforts until the following morning.
In a combined effort Friday morning Conservation officers and members of the Rindge and Jaffrey Fire Departments utilized the Fish and Game departments’ underwater remote camera at the crash site. According to officials the camera was effective and visibility was good, but there was still no sign of any victims.
In the meantime the snowmobile remains submerged until weather conditions improve, and the incident remains under investigation by the Fish and Game Department and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.