Mar 19, 2017 7:26 PM

1 man rescued after falling through ice while snowmobiling on Lovell Lake

WAKEFIELD — One man had to be transported to the hospital after the snowmobile he was operating fell through the ice on Lovell Lake Saturday.

Wakefield Police said they, along with the Wakefield Fire Department, responded to the area of Brackett Road for a report of a male snowmobiler who had fallen through the ice shortly after 10 p.m.

When they arrived, police said they located Jason Houde, 43 of Milton, in the middle of the lake in an area of open water east of Big Island near a cove on Brackett Road. Members of the Wakefield Fire Department successfully rescued Houde and walked him off the ice at Brackett Road.

Police said he was transported by ambulance to Frisbie Memorial Hospital for assessment.

Police determined that Houde had been snowmobiling across the lake and failed to see the open water.

Another involved snowmobile rider and passenger reported the incident but were unharmed.

Milton Fire, Tuftonboro Fire, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, Frisbie Memorial Paramedics, and the DHART helicopter crews assisted the Wakefield Police and Fire Departments with the rescue.

The Wakefield Police Department reminded anyone venturing onto the ice that the varying temperatures and spring water runoffs have affected the depth of the ice on the lakes and ponds in the area. They said to use extreme caution when venturing on the ice and to always have someone with you, a cell phone for emergencies, a throw rope if possible, and to let people know where you are going.

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