Arthur Remy, Mark O’Connell, David Corsier Killed, Steven Weiss Injured in Lake Winnipesaukee, NH, Accident
Lake Winnipesaukee, NH -- February 11, 2017, Arthur Remy, Mark O'Connell, and David Corsier were killed, Steven Weiss was injured in two separate accidents on Lake Winnipesaukee.
New Hampshire Fish and Game authorities reported that both accidents occurred on the same day only hours apart.
At approximately 11:30 a.m., 62-year-old O'Connell was celabrating his birthday with friends Corsier, 68, and Weiss, 66. They were all riding snowmobiles over the top of the frozen lake waters when the ice cracked beneath them. All three snowmobiles went into the freezing waters.
As a result of the incident, both O'Connell and Corsier died. Weiss suffered hypothermia and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
A few hours later, around 3:00 p.m. 15-year-old Remy was taking part in an annual fishing derby with his father. As they traveled over the frozen water, also on snowmobiles, the ice cracked and they both went into the lake.
Remy's father was able to escape the water, but he could not find Remy. Remy was located deceased early the next day.
It's unclear if any particular factors led to either accident. Authorities continue their investigations.
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The thing that stands out to me here is that both of these accidents happened on the same lake, same day, mere hours apart from each other. One of these accidents happened during a sanctioned event, the fishing derby.
What really bothers me is that the unrelated accident that killed Mr. O'Connell, Mr. Corsier, and injured Mr. Weiss, happened in the morning. Did the organizers of the fishing contest receive any sort of phone call about the incident? Did no one think they might want to know that the ice might not be thick enough for people to be on? If they did know, why did they not tell people to get off the lake?
There are a lot of details that really bother me here, and they need to be addressed. I think the precarious details surrounding these accidents warrant a careful, thorough investigation. If something could have been done to prevent either of these accidents, then it needs to be determined why that something wasn't done.
--Grossman Law Offices