CROWN POINT - A member of the Bridge Flotilla of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary assisted in retrieving a sunken ATV from Lake George recently.
The flotilla is based in Crown Point.
"It was a beautiful day a few weeks ago when what started out as a great fun day for a couple of young fellows came to an abrupt end," explained Bob Vannier of the flotilla. "The ATV they were operating went through the ice on Lake George just south of Hague. Fortunately no one was injured. The ATV was not so lucky and went to the bottom. An unsuccessful attempt was made to hook the machine with a dragline. The next step was hiring a dive team.
"March 5 was another beautiful day with all preparations made Amy Jacques and Ron VanSlooten were ready for the retrieval," he continued. "Amy described it as a perfect dive into the icy waters of Lake George. The ATV was found 75 feet down and about 300 yards from shore, nearly below where it went in. Ron was the backup diver and explained the procedure to those on the ice.
"Amy successfully attached a line to the machine and returned to the surface," Vannier said. "She said with no snow on the lake and the bright sun above, she didn't need any extra light even as far down as 75 feet. With the help of a few strong men, the four-wheeler was brought back to the surface and on to the waiting trailer. No doubt a lesson well learned by the young operators."
VanSlooten and Jacques are both certified divers from Port Henry. VanSlooten owns and operates VanSlooten Marina. Jacques is a member of the Bridge Flotilla of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.