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January 26, 2017

Vehicle stuck on the ice, Lake Memphremagog, Derby Line, VT

VSP Press Release-Incident

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

PRESS RELEASE

       

CASE#: 17A500358

TROOPER: Lt. Barbic & Sgt. Roos                                

STATION: VSP Derby                    

CONTACT#: (802) 334-8881

 

DATE/TIME: 1/26/17 @ app. 7:37pm

LOCATION: Lake Mempremagog, Vermont

 

OPERATOR:Randall Lindquist                                                

AGE: 58

CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Colchester, VT

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On 1/26/17 at approximately 7:37pm, State Police were notified of a vehicle falling through the ice on Lake Mempremagog near the U.S. and Canadian border.  State Police coordinated with Derby Line Fire Department, Fish and Wildlife and State Police Search and Rescue Team to manage the situation.  Members of Derby Line Fire Department were able to reach the operator and sole occupant of the vehicle, Randall Lindquist, 58 of Colchester, VT., utilizing an amphibious all terrain rescue vehicle.  It was learned that Lindquist lost his bearing on the ice due to the blowing snow and poor visibility and drove beyond his intended access point at Eagle Point, and drove beyond toward Province Island.  The vehicle, a 2005 Ford Ranger pulling a small 12' Camper, ran over a section of raised ice known as a "pressure ridge," and became hung up.  Lindquist, concerned the vehicle was at risk of falling through the ice, abandoned the vehicle and fled the area on foot.  A local fisherman who saw Lindquist travel past assisted rescue workers to locate Lindquist, who was unharmed.  The vehicle also remained above the ice, but stranded on the unstable ice, awaiting safe conditions for its' removal.  

 

All citizens are reminded to use extreme caution on any body of water and be aware of changing, unstable, and inconsistent ice conditions prior to venturing out on the ice.     

 

COURT ACTION: No