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Snowmobiler faces impaired driving charges after going into Chemong Lake

Snowmobiler falls through open water on Chemong Lake in Bridgenorth
Snowmobiler faces impaired driving charges after falling into Chemong Lake

A snowmobiler is facing impaired driving charges after his vehicle ended up going into open water on Chemong Lake north of Peterborough on Saturday night.

The incident happened around 9:15 p.m. on Chemong Lake near the James A. Gifford Causeway near Kelly Boulevard in Bridgenorth.  The area is 20 kilometres north of Peterborough.

Peterborough County OPP say the man was out with a group of other snowmobilers when he and the snowmobile he was operating plunged into the icy water.

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Police say the other people in the group helped the man to safety and took him to a home on Pope Drive in Ennismore on the opposite side of the lake.

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Peterborough paramedics transported the man to Peterborough Regional Health Centre for treatment of possible hypothermia.

The snowmobiler has been charged with operation of a motor vehicle while impaired with a blood alcohol concentration of 80 or more.

More details are expected to be released later Monday.