February 21, 2010
11:59 p.m.

CONTACT: Lt. John Wimsatt, 603-271-3361

Derry Man Killed after ATV Goes through Ice on Beaver Lake

DERRY, NH -- On Saturday, February 20, 2010, at approximately 11:08 PM, Edward Jackson, age 53, of Derry died in an OHRV accident on Beaver Lake. Jackson was operating a four wheeled all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on the ice when he broke through near the open channel at the inlet. Witnesses called 911 and used a canoe and ladder to reach Jackson who was unconscious upon their arrival. 

Derry Fire and Rescue personnel extracted Jackson and transported him to Parkland Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased. According to the Medical Examiners Office, the cause of death was drowning and associated factors of hypothermia.  

This incident is being investigated by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Law Enforcement Division and the Derry Police Department. The water depth at the accident site was approximately 8 feet. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the accident. No further information is available at this time.

Outdoor enthusiasts are urged to use extreme caution on New Hampshire waterbodies.  Recent mild weather has weakened the ice particularly along shorelines, near inlets, outlets, areas with current, and near fixed objects like rocks and stumps that warm up in the daytime sun. Areas of open water are rapidly increasing in size on a daily basis.  Check the ice each and every time you venture out and do not operate an ATV or snowmachine unless absolutely certain about the thickness and condition of the ice.

For tips on safe and responsible snowmobile operation, visit www.ride.nh.gov.

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