A New Hampshire man was killed when his snowmobile broke through the ice of Moosehead Lake.

The Maine Warden Service reports 56-year-old Steven Allard of South Hampton, New Hampshire, and his wife Tiffany, were on separate sleds when the accident happened as they were circling back toward Rockwood Cottages. At approximately 9:00 Sunday night, Steven broke off at the shoreline, looping around toward the mouth of the Moose River. It was there that his sled broke through the ice.

Rescue crews followed Allard's snowmobile track onto the patch of bad ice and located his body at 10:15 p.m. He was pulled from the water several hundred yards from shore, but was unresponsive. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead after being transported to CA Dean Hospital in Greenville.

Sergeant Bill Chandler of the Maine Warden Service reminds riders that ice conditions can change quickly. "This section of the lake, where the Moose River flows into Moosehead Lake, always has poor ice, and that is why there are marked trails on the lake so that snowmobilers can avoid the bad ice in this area."

Rockword Fire and Rescue and the U.S. Border Patrol assisted game wardens at the scene.

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