ATVs go through the ice on Lake Colby

SARANAC LAKE – A pair of all-terrain vehicles went through the ice on Lake Colby Saturday amid a weekend thaw that brought 50-degree-plus temperatures to the region.

State Department of Environmental Conservation dispatchers in Ray Brook received a call from state police at 2:30 p.m. Saturday reporting a four-wheeler through the ice on the lake, DEC spokesman David Winchell said in a statement. Two forest rangers and an Environmental Conservation Officer responded.

Forest rangers said two people – Mr. S. Comstock and Mrs. D Comstock, both 53 and of Saranac – were wet after they and their ATV went through the ice. They had apparently gotten out of the lake on their own. Rangers helped the couple get off the ice, gave them dry clothes and placed them in a heated patrol vehicle. They declined any further treatment.

Earlier Saturday, sometime in the late morning, DEC said another ATV went through the ice on the lake, but no rescue was needed.

Both ATVs were removed from the water by the end of the day.

Winchell said no tickets were issued.

Contact Chris Knight at 891-2600 ext. 24 or