Sgt. Alex Lopashanski
CO Joseph Canfield
February 1, 2021

Tuftonboro, NH – On Sunday, January 31, 2021, at 11:10 a.m., Moultonborough Fire-Rescue, Tuftonboro Fire-Rescue, Stewart’s Ambulance, Tuftonboro Police Department and New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers responded to a report of a snowmobile that broke through the ice on Lake Winnipesaukee.

First responders were able to determine that the operator, who was identified as Daniel Duncanson, 62, of Greenville, NH, was able to make it out of the water and to his vehicle with the assistance of a friend. Duncanson reported that he was heading out ice fishing when his snowmobile fell through thin ice near a pressure ridge off Elkins Point in Tuftonboro. Duncanson was uninjured in the incident. The Department of Environmental Services was notified of the sunken snowmobile and recovery efforts are under way.

New Hampshire Fish and Game reminds outdoor recreational users that the waterbodies remain unsafe in many areas despite the recent cold spell. A good portion of Lake Winnipesaukee is still open water and the ice thickness varies greatly. Frequent checking of ice thickness is essential and the use of safety equipment is encouraged, including float coats, ice picks, and throw ropes.

No further information available at this time.