Monday, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department revealed more about a lost snowmobiler reported missing on March 16 in Lincoln, NH.
The department says it was notified on March 16 around 6:00 p.m. of a lost snowmobiler somewhere near Bog Pond, whose exact location was unknown.
The snowmobiler was identified as Robert Miner, 55, of Wentworth, NH and it was determined that he was in along power lines in Easton, NH.
According to a media release, conservation officers responded to the area and walked through deep snow in order to reach Miner.
The rescue party and Miner, under his own power, returned to the rescue staging area at 11:43 pm.
The department reports Miner was snowmobiling for the day when he followed a snowmobile track off the trail and into an area he was unfamiliar with. He descended a steep cliff and encountered extremely deep and loose snow, which caused his snowmobile to get stuck. After attempting to get his snowmobile out with no success, Miner attempted to walk to help but became concerned with the approaching darkness and fatigue from walking in deep snow.
The New Hampshire Fish & Game Department wants to remind snowmobilers to stay on marked trails and ride with a buddy or group.
It is illegal to operate a snowmobile off of a trail on private land without written landowner permission.
The department adds while enjoying the final portion of the winter, it is important to understand trail conditions can change quickly, and some locations have an entire winter’s snow accumulation making it very easy for mishaps to occur.