The crew members from Jerry’s Tree Service/Hodgson Off-Road Recovery lift the Polaris XC 700 snowmobile from the bottom of Pokegama Lake on Monday, Jan. 3, two days after it broke through the ice on New Year’s Day. The snow machine, weighing about 600 pounds, was in 15 feet of water, said Britt Hodgson, of Jerry’s Tree Service/Hodgson Off-Road Recovery. “It actually came out of the water really easy. Our crew spent more time training and practicing with our new equipment. It was the first recovery of the season for us, so we put some of the guys in the water to refresh their recovery skills and practicethe proper training for future recoveries.” Hodgson noted that besides using their underwater camera, the crew added a new device to their arsenal—a Hummingbird Mega Live—that allows them to use live sonar to recover sunken vehicles. The unnamed snowmobiler reportedly was unaware of the thin ice and the slight underwater current near the “channel” that connects Ojaski Lake and Pokegama Lake. 


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