BROADALBIN — A Dutchess County man, Steven Page, was killed in a snowmobile accident Friday night on the Great Sacandaga Lake after striking a pressure ridge.
Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino said Page had just bought a new snowmobile and took it out for his first time on Friday with one other snowmobiler who had been following him. That person was not injured.
Page had been traveling northeast on the Great Sacandaga Lake when he struck a pressure ridge. Giardino said he did attempt to turn, but was unable to do so in time. Hitting the pressure ridge caused him to be ejected from the snowmobile, resulting in life threatening injuries. Page was pronounced dead at the scene by Fulton County Coroner Maggie Luck.
Giardino said there were four ice fishers — three men and one woman — who witnessed the accident and performed CPR to attempt to keep Page alive.
“We commend those ice fishers for their efforts to try to keep him alive,” Giardino said.
Giardino said the investigation into the snowmobile accident is still ongoing.
“Speed was a factor, but it was ultimately an unexpected ice ridge,” Giardino said.
Sheriff Giardino said he would like to remind the public to use caution while snowmobiling on the Great Sacandaga Lake as there are numerous hazards on the lake.
“On Friday I issued a release that three large ice heaves have developed. That is now up to 10 [today,]” Giardino said.
He said the water is being dropped about two inches a day, and as the water drops, ice cracks are created, which form the large ice heaves.
Although the lake is frozen over, there are still many unseen hazards, he said.
Assisting the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office in their investigation was the state police, Broadalbin Fire Department, Mayfield Fire Department, Ambulance Service of Fulton County, Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps. and the Fulton County Fire Coordinator’s Office.