SALISBURY - A tragic, double snowmobile accident took the lives of three Whiting, Vt., family members Jan. 9. The accident occurred around noon. The family members were riding on two snowmobiles, along with more family members on other snowmobiles, that fell through the thin ice and cold water of Lake Dunmore in Salisbury.
Vermont State Police said Kevin Flynn, age 50, of Whiting, was operating the first snowmobile. Flynn's daughter, Carrie L. Flynn, age 24, was operating the second snowmobile with Bryanna Flynn, age 3. Bryanna was Kevin Flynn's granddaughter.
The Flynns were approximately 200 yards off West Shore Road when they broke through the frozen lake. The Flynns and Popp were later pronounced dead at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury.
Foster Provencher, assistant fire chief of the Salisbury Volunteer Fire Department, was first on the scene of the tragedy.
Over 25 people helped in the rescue and recovery efforts which also included helping other snowmobilers that were either in and out of the cold water.
"I grabbed a couple of 100-yard ropes. Another person showed up with a ladder and there was somebody else with a roof rake," Assistant Fire Chief Provencher told news reporters Saturday.
"It was just a very, very tragic accident for some people who were out to have a good time," Middlebury Fire Chief Rick Cole told several reporters after the accident.
A spokesperson for the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers, said snowmobile users are not allowed on the ice of Lake Dunmore. Spring water welling up under the lake keeps the lake's ice thin and unsafe during the winter. VAST will now post thin-ice warnings along the lake shore.
Other details, including the names of others, relating to this tragedy were not available at press time.
Six snowmobile riders have died in Vermont since the start of the winter season.