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Snowmobile Skimmer and Water Skier Incident

Colonel Kevin Jordan: (603) 271-3361
Major John Wimsatt: (603) 271-3361

February 28, 2017

*****UPDATED 3/1/2017, 3:48 P.M.*****


CONCORD, N.H. -- An investigation began following the release of a dangerous stunt recorded on social media depicting a snow machine skimming on open water towing a water skier through the Weirs Beach Channel and beyond located in Laconia, N.H.  Conservation Officers Josiah Towne and Conservation Christopher Brison completed the investigation today after identifying the two individuals involved and served both men with summonses for the offenses.

The operator of the snow machine was identified as Jory Vachon, 27, of Meredith. He was charged with Operating on Open Water and Disorderly Conduct. If convicted, he will also be required, pursuant to RSA 215-C:34, to complete a Responsible Rider Safety Course administered by the Department. The individual who was being towed on water skis behind the snow machine was identified as Patrick Keefer, 31, also of Meredith.  Mr. Keefer was charged with Disorderly Conduct.  Once identified, both subjects cooperated with the investigation.

“This irresponsible and reckless behavior not only places these two individuals at risk but also creates great risks for all those who would respond to recover them when something goes terribly wrong during a stunt like this” according to Colonel Kevin Jordan of New Hampshire Fish and Game.  “Being on open water or near open water while snowmobiling is never safe under any conditions.”

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