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Mar 1, 2015 11:42 AM

Deep snow causes snowmobiles to get stuck on Stub Hill


PITTSBURG - Three men call for help when snowmobiles had become stuck in deep snow.

Friday Feb. 27, around 8:00 p.m. Conservation Officers from NH Fish and Game received an emergency call regarding three snowmobiles being stuck.

Joseph Landquist 29 of Plymouth, Michael Tobin 48 of Plymouth, and Robert Loughman 30 of Fort Ann NY, got their snowbiles stuck in the snow on a snowmobile track downhill from Stub Hill Pind.

Local Conservation Officer Chris Egan said Stub Hill, located in northeastern Pittsburg, has an elevation of 3,627, making it the highest elevation of any mounain in the area. Egan also said the current levels of snow are around 5-6 feet.

Egan said "They believed they were taking the shortest route from the top of the mountain, a better-used trail that would lead them back to the maintained trail system"

Conservation officers said they responded to the area on snowmobiles, and met other members of the riding group who were also looking for the three men. At 10:10 p.m. they were found in the area of Boardpile Brook, which is off of Camp 8 trail.

Officers said Landquist told them they spent 2 hours trying to free their snowmobiles after they got stuck in the snow. He also told authorities that when it got dark out, they decided to back track uphill to the pond on foot to make a 911 call.

No injuries were reported, and the men plan to go back and free the snowmobiles Sunday duing better weather conditions.

Egan also said "This incident highlights the dangers of venting off-trail with snowmobiles in non-maintained areas, even when with group. With temperatures in the teens below zero at the time or recovery, had they not been able to hit a cell tower in Maine with the 911 call, this incidnt had the potential to have a different outcome"


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