CHESHIRE -- A snowmobile that broke through the ice on Cheshire Lake on Sunday evening was removed on Tuesday.

The accident happened around 6:15 p.m., authorities said, after a snowmobile and its two passengers broke through the ice, according to Reginald Zimmerman, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Environmental Police.

The passengers, a male and female whose names were unavailable, were helped out of the water by bystanders, Zimmerman said. Emergency crews responded to the scene, but both passengers refused treatment, he said.

"Basically, they were riding, and the added weight of the passengers caused the snowmobile to submerge," Zimmerman said.

He said the snowmobile owner was responsible for removing it from the lake.

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