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Conservation Officer Matthew Holmes:  (603) 788-3164
January 11, 2010

Northern New Hampshire: Weekend Snowmobile Incidents; Missing Skier Located

LANCASTER, N.H. – New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers responded to multiple incidents in the North Country over the weekend:

Multiple Snowmobile Accidents:  During the day on Saturday, January 9, 2010, Conservation Officers were called to three separate snowmobile accidents in the southern portion of Coos County.  Michael Wakefield, 44, of Sanbornton, N.H., was riding with friends in the Nash Stream area when he went off of the trail and struck a tree.  Fire department personnel from Groveton and Stark responded to the scene, along with Conservation Officer Sergeant Wayne Saunders.  Wakefield suffered minor injuries as a result of the collision and was subsequently transported to Weeks Hospital in Lancaster for evaluation and treatment. 

In a separate incident in Jefferson, N.H., Cherie Fickett, age 39, of Easthampton, Mass., injured her leg when her snowmobile rolled over while she was attempting to negotiate a snowbank crossing near the end of Jefferson Notch Road.  Fickett was transported by the Lancaster Ambulance to Weeks Hospital in Lancaster for evaluation and treatment. 

Also in Jefferson, Conservation Officers fielded a report of a two-snowmobile collision in the area of Stag Hollow.  That incident is still under investigation.

Search for Missing Skier:  Conservation Officers also were called to the Bretton Woods ski area on January 9, 2010, to assist in a search for missing skier Chris Anctil of Portsmouth, N.H.  Anctil was reported to have gotten off a trail near the top of West Mountain, and had text-messaged a friend, saying that he was hiking out of the woods.  Ski Patrol and other staff from Bretton Woods, along with personnel from the Twin Mountain Fire Department, had already begun a search for Anctil when Conservation Officers arrived on scene at approximately 8:00 p.m.  Anctil was eventually located by a groomer operator after he found his way onto the Two Miles Home Trail on the south side of Mt. Rosebrook. Anctil suffered no apparent injuries as a result of this incident.

Young Man Seriously Injured in Lancaster Snowmobile Accident: On Sunday, January 10, 2010, a young man was seriously injured when he crashed his snowmobile on Martin Meadow Pond in the Town of Lancaster.  Stockton Hicks, age 16, of Whitefield, N.H., was operating his snowmobile at a high rate of speed on the ice of Martin Meadow Pond when the incident occurred.  Hicks hit a snow berm and was subsequently thrown from snowmobile, resulting in serious injuries, according to Fish and Game Conservation Officer Matthew Holmes.  At approximately 1:45 p.m., a call for help was fielded by Lancaster Fire and Rescue.  Personnel from Lancaster Fire and Rescue, along with a Lancaster Police Officer, responded to the scene and were able to transport Hicks off of the ice and on to Weeks Hospital in Lancaster.  At the time of this writing, the full extent of Hicks’ injuries is unknown.  Conservation Officers from New Hampshire Fish and Game are conducting an investigation into this incident.

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