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Snowmobile falls through Ice on Oneida Lake

The Oneida County Sheriff's office has finished its investigation into a snowmobile accident on Oneida lake.

Posted: Feb 23, 2020 9:55 PM

ONEIDA LAKE ---The Oneida County Sheriff's office has finished its investigation into a snowmobile accident on Oneida lake.

According to Sheriff Rob Maciol, 35-year-old Michael holmes and 29-year-old Briana Klink, were ice fishing when their snowmobile fell through the ice.

Luckily, the two riders were able to pull themselves out of the water and neither of them suffered injuries.

The snowmobile went into the water in front of the Oneida Lake Brew Haus at the mouth of the Oneida Creek.

According to the Sheriff's department, the darkness caused them to get disoriented and accidentally ride over an area of thin ice.

Edward Arcuri who owns the Oneida Lake Brew Haus watched as crews removed the sled from the lake on Sunday morning. He said that this isn't the first time he's seen a sled go into the lake in that area.

"This is a very dangerous area, the Oneida Creek is flowing all year long even through the winter, it'll get iced over. At night they don't see it, they forget its there. That's twice now. I've been here two years so I've seen one go in every year," said Arcuri.

Members of the DEC were on scene as crews removed the sled. They determined that no fluids from the machine leaked into the lake.

Sgt. Scott Kahl with the Oneida County Sheriff said that people should be prepared for any scenario before riding out onto the lake.

"If you are going to go out onto the ice yo should definitely have some sort of flotation device with you. Whether it's an inflatable or a conventional life jacket," said Kahl.

Holmes was ticketed for operating a snowmobile without insurance.

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