Richard Dumont, a 52-year-old man, died in a snowmobile accident on Saturday afternoon, where the snowmobile broke through ice and plunged into frigid water.
Richard Dumont, 52, of North Attleboro Massachusetts has died in a fatal snowmobile accident. According to authorities, the snowmobile broke through ice near the Oakland boat landing on Messalonskee Lake, and plunged into the freezing water.
The snowmobile belonged to his friend and business partner. According to a news release from the Maine Warden Service, Dumont was reportedly riding it toward the outlet of the lake, known as Snow Pond, before the accident.
Witnesses of the incident called 911 at about 2:50pm. The Oakland Fire Department, Oakland Police Department, Maine State Police and the Maine Warden Service all arrived at the scene shortly after. Emergency services were reportedly still at the scene at around 4pm.
According to the release, Fire Department crews arrived with an ice rescue sled and pulled Dumont out from the freezing water. Delta Ambulance tried to revive him as they rushed him to Inland Hospital in Waterville. He was later pronounced dead.
The Maine Warden Service said it will continue to investigate the incident. “This is a tragic reminder that Maine’s lakes and ponds vary widely in ice thickness and safety for snowmobilers and others who recreate on the ice,” the warden service said in its release. “Game wardens are asking that everyone exercise extreme caution on any water body this winter season. This is Maine’s second snowmobile related fatality this season.”
“Our greatest fear from a search-and-rescue standpoint is heavy snow obscuring the ice and what the condition of the ice might be underneath (the snow),” he said at that news conference. “We’ve had good weather for this time of year and the ice has done pretty well, but the snow is going to obscure just how safe some of the ice might be.”