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Blasdell brothers die in snowmobiling accident

Two western New York brothers have died after their snowmobiles went through thin ice on an Adirondack lake.

State police say the bodies of 67-year-old Stephen Sattler and 64-year-old Edward Sattler were found around 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Raquette Pond section of Tupper Lake in the village of Tupper Lake. Police and forest rangers started searching for them after a family member reported them missing Sunday evening.

The brothers lived in Blasdell and had been staying at a family camp in Piercefield for a snowmobiling weekend.

Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun tells the Plattsburgh Press-Republican three other men went through the ice of the Raquette River on their snowmobiles Saturday and were saved by a fellow rider. They were heading for the weekend's ice fishing derby.

On Tuesday, the Erie County Sheriff's Department reported investigating a crash that occurred February 4 sometime in the night hours on a snowmobile trail in Sardinia.

The Sheriff’s Snowmobile Unit and Sardinia fire personnel met associates of the victim and administered first aid at the crash scene. Authorities say the victim, a male in his late forties from Cattaraugus County, was transported to Erie County Medical Center via Mercy Flight where he had surgery for internal injuries and broken bones.

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