Overnight Search Locates Missing Snowmobiler In Northern NH
PITTSBURG — Conservation officers were called to rescue a snowmobiler that went missing in northern New Hampshire.
New Hampshire Fish and Game officials received reports of a missing snowmobiler around 11:30 p.m. on Friday in the area of Trail 142 in the town of Pittsburg.
The missing operator was identified as Edward Abdoo, 29, of Pittsburg.
A friend of Abdoo's went to check on his whereabouts when his machine got stuck on slush and water on Trail 141 in the northern reaches of Indian Stream.
It was determined that Abdoo's snowmobile got stuck in moving water as he attempted to cross a flooded portion of the trail near Terrill Pond.
Abdoo had placed several cell phone calls to family, friends and a local dispatch center, stating that he was wet, but uninjured, and needed help getting out of the woods.
New Hampshire Fish and Game officials along with the Pittsburg Police Department began a full search of the surrounding areas.
Authorities were able to track the GPS coordinates of Abdoo's cell phone, and while plotting coordinates on a computer, it was reported that Abdoo had called 911 again, stating that he was walking on a snowmobile trail in the area of Hall Stream in Pittsburg.
Searchers made contact with Abdoo around 5:00 a.m. and found that he was wet but uninjured.
He had walked approximately 10 miles from where his machine had become stuck.
"Snowmelt and heavy rain have created water hazards along the state's snowmobile trail system, even in far northern New Hampshire. Riders need to use extra caution this weekend, and to expect sudden changes in trail conditions", CO Chris Egan stated.