Weekend accident is state's 20th snowmobiler fatality this seasonWardens urge all to stay off the rapidly changing ice covers.
By: By Joanne M. Haas/Bureau of Law Enforcement, Superior Telegram
DNR Conservation Warden and Snowmobile Safety Administrator Gary Eddy reported Monday that a 46-year-old snowmobiler died in a single machine accident in the Vilas County Township of Phelps on April 7.
Eddy says the male victim was traveling when he struck two snowbanks causing him and the machine to go airborne. The victim was found with the snowmobile along the west shore of Lac Vieux Desert Lake. Speed may have been a contributing factor. The accident occurred around 6 p.m. The accident remains under investigation.
The April 7 fatality brings to 20 the total number of snowmobiler fatalities this season.
Eddy urges all snowmobilers to keep safety in mind at all times -- keep your speeds down, stay sober and ride on designated routes.
Ice conditions unsafe
Also, the wardens urge everyone to stay off the ice as the seasons change from winter to spring, making ice covers unpredictable and unsafe for any purpose – ice fishing or simply walking.
The wardens urge everyone to never go out on the ice alone, and let someone know where you are headed and when you expect to return. Carry a flotation device and two ice picks or screwdrivers with you when near or on the water in the event you should fall in. Carry a cell phone in a waterproof container or a whistle to let people nearby know you are in trouble.
But, as Eddy says, the best advice is to stay safe and stay off the rapidly changing ice covers.