After another death, DNR reminds snowmobile riders how to be safe on melting ice

CREATED Apr 8, 2013

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PHELPS - After another snowmobile-related death over the weekend, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is warning people to stay away from melting areas.

The 46-year-old man died April 7 while snowmoboling in Vilas County. According to the warden, the man was traveling when he struck two snowbanks causing him and the machine to go airborne. The victim was found with the snowmobile along the west shore of Lac Vieux Desert Lake.

The accident remains under investigation, but the death means 20 people have died snowmobile-related deaths this season.

"Warden Eddy urges all snowmobilers to keep safety in mind at all times -- keep your speeds down, stay sober and ride on designated routes," DNR reminds riders. "Also, the wardens urge everyone to stay off the ice as the seasons change from winter to spring, making ice covers unpredictable and unsafe for any purpose – ice fishing or simply walking."

They added that people should never go out on the ice alone. But the best way to stay safe is to stay off the rapidly changing ice covers.

Joanne M. Haas with the Bureau of Law Enforcement contributed to this story.