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Man dies in snowmobile crash on Lake Delavan

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DELAVAN (WKOW) -- A missing snowmobiler was found dead on Lake Delavan in Walworth County Sunday morning.

WISN-TV reports the victim's family found his snowmobile out on the lake and called police. Crews searched the area and found the man's body near his abandoned snowmobile. The man had been missing 12 hours.

"[The rider] hit a snow embankment or a snow drift out on the Delavan inlet, went airborne, at which time we believe the operator of the snowmobile went airborne and potentially injured themselves while out on the ice," says Department of Natural Resources Conservation Warden Juan Gomez.

The man's name has not yet been released, but officials say he was from the town of Delavan.

Investigators believe speed and alcohol contributed to the crash.

DNR officials say at least 16 people have died in snowmobile accidents in Wisconsin so far this season.

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