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Feb 19, 2017 9:46 AM

Snowmobilers rescued after going off-trail

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PITTSBURG — A group of snowmobilers, including children, had to be rescued after going off-trail on Saturday.

N.H Fish and Game said they received a 911 call at about 6 p.m. from a member of a group of seven snowmobilers who attempted to navigate a non-maintained trail near Stub Hill Pond.

The group, which included 12 and 13-year-old children, reportedly descended steep terrain and then became confused by a maze of off-trail snowmobile tracks through the deep snow.

Travis Davenport, 33 of West Chesterfield, managed to get his machine turned around and drove back to Stub Hill Pond where he was able to get enough cell phone service to call for help.

Conservation Officers said with darkness fast approaching the group decided to leave their snowmobiles and begin walking back to Stub Hill Pond from their back-trail.

Officers made contact with Davenport at about 7 p.m. and then responded to the Stub Hill by snowmobile, along with three other members associated with the riding party. They encountered Davenport en route to the scene, and at about 8 p.m the rest of the party was found walking along a non-maintained trail just south of Stub Hill Pond.

The group had multiple GPS units, flashlights, water and other essentials on hand, and no injuries were sustained in the incident.

The group was transported back to a rental unit, and the leader of the group was issued a citation for operating a snowmobile off of the maintained trail system.

Officers said the group was grateful for the assistance and planned to return early Sunday to retrieve their snowmobiles.

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