Brothers’ bodies pulled from water of Raquette Pond

A state police helicopter and a rescue air boat prepare to pull a body from frozen Raquette Pond Monday in Tupper Lake. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

TUPPER LAKE — Two brothers from the Buffalo area died when their snowmobiles fell through the ice of Raquette Pond.

State police identified the two men as Stephen Sattler, 67, and Edward Sattler, 63, brothers from Blasdell, in Erie County. State police Sgt. John Neeley said the men had a camp in Childwold.

The men were out on snowmobiles and were reported missing late Sunday night.

Rescuers from the state police and state Department of Environmental Conservation were on the scene early Monday morning, staging at the Municipal Park on Raquette Pond. Using a state police helicopter, they located debris from the air.

A forest ranger air boat, along with a state police air boat and rescue divers, made their way to the scene around lunchtime Monday. Rescuers were able to locate the bodies of the two men, remove them from the water and transport them by air boat back to the Municipal Park in Tupper Lake, where the coroner was waiting.

Forest rangers, environmental conservation officers and state police stage Monday in Tupper Lake's Municipal Park on the shore of Raquette Pond while searching for two missing snowmobilers. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

The snowmobiles were not recovered.