New Hampshire teen dies while tubing at Sunday River resort

Monitor staff
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Portsmouth High School student has died in a tubing crash at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.

According to a press release from Portsmouth High Principal Mary Lyons, 18-year-old David Kohlhase died Wednesday morning when he and another teenager, who was also a Portmouth High School student, went tubing on the resort’s Tempest Trail, an advanced and intermediate trail, just before 2 a.m. Wednesday night. Both teens were riding on the same inflatable tube, which went off the trail and struck a tree.

Kohlhase died, and the other teen was transported to a nearby medical facility with serious injuries, according to Oxford County Sheriff’s Office.

Sunday River was closed and off limits when the accident was reported at 2 a.m. by a third teenager who was not on the inflatable tube, Oxford County Chief Deputy Hart Daley said.

Lyons wrote in the press release that Kohlhase was a “beloved member of our school community.”

“It is very difficult for all of us to face the death of a young person,” she wrote. “It is important to rely on one another when tragedies such as this occur. We recommend that you talk to each other and share your reactions. It is important to let someone you trust know how you feel.”

The teenage trio is presumed to have hiked up from a condominium long after the resort closed and the chairlifts stopped running, said Sunday River spokeswoman Darcy Lambert. Sledding is never allowed on ski trails, and only mechanized grooming equipment is allowed on trails so late at night.

Who did not provide the condition of the teenager who was injured, or the third teen who was not hospitalized.

(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.)