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Phil White uninjured after truck goes through ice, recovery postponed until spring

in Newport/News by

NEWPORT — Kingdom Games Director Phil White says he will have to wait until spring to pull his truck out of Lake Memphremagog, after it went through the ice while he was out plowing the lake on Sunday.

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White was working to prepare the ice for the upcoming Memphremagog Marathon Speedskating event that will take place on January 30 and 31. He had nicknamed the truck “Rolling Thunder.”

“Rolling Thunder went down, through the ice, in shallow water, 100 yards from shore,” White wrote.

He said he was able to exit the truck without any problems, and even had time to go back for his keys and his skates.

After contacting the Vermont Department of Natural Resources, he was told he will have to wait until spring to pull the truck out of the water.

“It was a warm day, early in the season, and I should have known better,” he said.

White sees Newport and Lake Memphremagog as a great venue for skating of all kinds, and created a series of winter games that include a pond hockey tournament, as well as a winter swim festival, to help promote the area through winter sports.

He says the ice on the plowed ovals remains great for skating, even if other areas of the lake can’t handle a 3/4-ton pickup with plow down.

He is also looking for help to recover his truck, issuing the following statement:

“Recovery of my truck, Rolling Thunder, will be an expensive undertaking. And yes, I am asking for help. My vision remains to establish Newport and Lake Memphremagog as a great place for lake skating and this is, without question, a huge setback. If you want to help, you can make a contribution online at the Paypal button below or send it to Kingdom Games, PO Box 310, Newport,VT 05855.”

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