Thin ice season: Jeep submerges on Lake Winnipesaukee, driver OK

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MEREDITH, NH – An incident on Lake Winnipesaukee prompted Fish & Game officials to remind the public that ice conditions this time of year are unpredictable, and safety should be on everyone’s mind before recreating on ice.

At approximately 5:15 p.m. on Feb. 18 New Hampshire Fish & Game was notified that a Jeep was reported to have gone through the ice on Lake Winnipesaukee in the vicinity of Stone Dam Island.

Governors Island residents on Edgewater Drive called 911 when they observed a vehicle on Lake Winnipesaukee suddenly go through the ice. They reported the location in the vicinity of Stone Dam Island in the area of a pressure ridge midway between the two islands. New Hampshire Fish Game Conservation Officers responded along with members of the Meredith Fire Department. A hole in the ice was found with debris along the edges and a vehicle could be seen suspended in approximately 10 feet of water. The vehicle was a Jeep Liberty and the registration came back to Alex Plummer, 59, of Center Harbor.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. an anonymous 911 call came in stating that the owner of the vehicle that had gone through the ice was unharmed and at a friend’s house in Meredith recovering from his ordeal. Further investigation revealed that a snowmobile was in the area when the accident occurred and the operator of the snowmobile gave Plummer a ride to Meredith. No other details are available at this time.

Before recreating on the ice it’s essential to inspect the depth and quality of ice and be prepared in the event you go though. Safety items should be on hand such as ice picks, throw ropes and flotation devices, according to Fish & Game.