CHICHESTER — A man visiting from Portugal suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries when he crashed a snowmobile he was operating along a trail on Saturday, according to Fish and Game officials.

Claudio Silvestre, 41, lost control of the machine he was riding on Snowmobile Trail Corridor 15 while going around a turn before the machine hit a downed tree, officials said.

Silvestre told Fish and Game conservation officers he had never ridden a snowmobile before Saturday’s accident, which occurred just after 11 a.m.

Several riding companions were with him and tended to Silvestre and helped make the call for assistance after Silvestre was unable to ride back out of the woods.

An off-road utility vehicle helped take Silvestre out of the woods, officials said.

The accident victim, who was wearing a helmet, was taken to Concord Hospital for treatment.

Fish and Game officials said a preliminary investigation concluded that rider inexperience was the primary cause of the accident.