Video of snowmobiler skimming on NH lake leads to arrests

On Saturday, a video of a pair of New Hampshirites snowmobile skimming — the act of hydroplaning a snowmobile — across the frozen waters of Lake Winnipesaukee while water skiing hit YouTube.

Unfortunately for the duo, the practice is illegal, and just days after the video was posted, Jory Vachon and Patrick Keefer of Meredith, New Hampshire, were arrested and charged with skimming and disorderly conduct after coming forward to police to claim responsibility for the video, according to WMUR.

Police told WMUR the two weren’t charged with reckless conduct because they cooperated with police.

While Vachon and Keefer insisted they took safety precautions before the stunt, Col. Kevin Jordan, of the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game told WMUR safety precautions are impossible while snowmobile skimming in the winter.

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Keefer and Vachon sweat they took safety precautions before their stunt.

“I’m very happy, quite honestly, that they’re alive to go to court,” Jordan told the station. “You can’t be on open water in the middle of the winter with safety precautions. They don’t exist. So the only safety precautions are to not be out there.”

Jordan pointed to the deaths of two snowmobile skimmers on Lake Winnipesaukee a few weeks ago as indication of just how dangerous the practice is.

In an interesting twist, Keefer’s brother set up a GoFundMe page to help him pay off the $496 in fines levied against them. As of the publication of this article, the GoFundMe account has already raised more than $1,000 in donations.

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