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Brothers from Blasdell die in Adirondacks snowmobile accident

Two brothers from Blasdell died in a snowmobiling accident Sunday in the Adirondacks, State Police confirmed Monday night.

Stephen Sattler, 67, and his brother Edward Sattler, 64, were apparently operating their snowmobiles on a frozen surface and then encountered thin ice and open water, according to an initial investigation, according to state police.

The brothers were on vacation at their family camp in Piercefield, a town in St. Lawrence County in the western Adirondacks, for a family snowmobiling trip, authorities said.

According to state police, family members last heard from the brothers on Saturday and reported them missing Sunday evening. An initial search and investigation included state police, Department of Environmental Conservation officers and state forest rangers.

After State Police aviation personnel made a possible sighting of the brothers and their snowmobiles on Racquette Pond, west of Tupper Lake, airboats and divers were dispatched to the scene, and located the bodies of the brothers in the water, according to authorities.

The bodies of the two men were transported to the Adirondack Medical Center at Saranac Lake, where autopsies were scheduled for Tuesday, state police said.

Police were continuing an investigation into the incident.

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