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Crews recover body from Lake Champlain during search for missing snowmobilers

Alfredo Watts | 17 February, 2017, 01:50

Crews are on the NY side of Lake Champlain resuming their search for two missing snowmobilers. State police in Mayfield said Cooper was operating a snowmobile in a southeasterly direction on the lake, when it struck a rock that was protruding from the lake's surface.

A family member alerted the sheriff's office early Sunday morning that the men hadn't returned since setting out from Copeland's lakeside home in Livonia, 20 mile south of Rochester.

Officials say the body was located by the Vermont State and New York State Police dive teams in about twenty feet of water.

Friends of Barrett and Ryan had found a truck and trailer the two men had been using parked at Benson Landing last week.

That thin ice is due to a statistically mild winter. Their snowmobiles were found in the water Sunday morning. Investigator Darryl Bazan of the state police said Caruso was driving his snowmobile on the Great Sacandaga Lake when he struck a rock and overturned his vehicle. The second body that was found was believed to be that of Ryan, but formal identification efforts were planned later Thursday. In Glens Falls, New York, known as the "Gateway to the Adirondacks", the average temperature for January was 29 degrees, 11 degrees above normal, and the temperature rose above freezing on 23 days.

Beyond the thin ice, it already has proven to be a deadly winter for snowmobilers in NY, with 14 total deaths, most involving crashes into trees or other obstructions.

Ranger Jacob said snowmobile deaths by breaking through ice are uncommon.

Police early Thursday recovered the body of a second snowmobiler who died in Lake Champlain last week.

Giardino said there have been 18 snowmobile fatalities in the Empire State this season, including 10 that have occurred on lakes.