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A 12-year-old boy from Strafford was seriously injured when his snowmobile plunged off a riverbank, throwing him into the water Saturday. (New Hampshire Fish and Game Department)

Boy, 12, seriously injured when snowmobile crashes over embankment in Pittsburg


PITTSBURG -- A 12-year-old boy from Strafford was seriously injured when his snowmobile plunged off a riverbank, throwing him into the water Saturday.

A news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game said Jack Whitcher was riding southwest on Corridor 143 (Magalloway Road) with his father and two others when he failed to negotiate a curve and went off a bridge embankment. The snowmobile went airborne and crashed into the opposite bank of the East Branch of the Dead Diamond River.

The impact threw the boy into the water. His father, Michael Whitcher, and another adult pulled him from the water and brought him back to the trail, keeping him warm with supplies from other snowmobilers who happened on the scene.

One rider drove eight miles to a store to call 911.

Meanwhile, Michael Whitcher and others in his group located a sled at a nearby camp and placed the boy in the sled. They were in the process of moving him when rescue personnel from Pittsburg police and fire, the Coos County Sheriff’s Department and 45th Parallel EMS arrived to help.

First responders got the boy to an ambulance, and he was taken to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook for treatment of injuries that Fish and Game said were serious but not life-threatening.

The Fish and Game release said the boy was wearing a helmet and eye protection, but it appears he was traveling too fast for existing conditions.