NBC New York Channel 4 News reported recently that a snowmobile accident on the afternoon of Monday, February 1 killed one man and injured another on an ice-covered reservoir in Orange County, one of hundreds of accidents New York State Police troopers responded to last weekend during an intense nor’easter storm that dumped up to 30 inches of snow in some parts of the state.
According to officials from the New York State Police, two State Police troopers, responding to a call about an accident, found an injured man in some woods near Goshen between 5:25 p.m. and 5:35 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. He was placed on a backboard and taken to a local hospital via ambulance.
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The man reported that he and another man had been riding their snowmobile across the Goshen Reservoir when the ice broke, sending the reservoir plunging into the icy-cold water. He had managed to climb out of the water into the ice and call for help. Cold water rescue officers entered the reservoir and located the other man, who was pulled out of the water and taken to a local hospital. He died at the hospital of the wounds he sustained in the accident and the effects of the cold water exposure.