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24-Year-Old Syracuse Man Drowns After Snowmobile Breaks Through Ice

24-Year-Old Syracuse Man Drowns After Snowmobile Breaks Through Ice



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WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. (AP) -- A Utah man drowned after breaking through the ice while snowmobiling on Hebgen Lake north of here on Friday, the Gallatin County sheriff's office says.

Searchers recovered the body of twenty-four year-old Nicholas R. Harrell, of Syracuse, Utah, yesterday. His two companions were uninjured, the sheriff's department says.

The three were crossing the lake at about 7:40 p.m. when Harrell's snowmobile fell through the ice near Rainbow Point.

Teams searched for him until darkness and dangerous ice conditions forced them to stop.

The search resumed this morning and the body was spotted from a helicopter and recovered with the use of a boat.

Big Sky Search and Rescue President Rocco Altobelli says the water in Hebgen Lake was probably was close to freezing.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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