RICE LAKE - A Lake Linden man's attempt at breaking the world record for watercrossing with a snowmobile was cut short Saturday.
Erick Baccus made it 5.2 miles before experiencing engine problems. The Guinness record for a snowmobile on water is 43.3 miles, held by Canadian Kyle Nelson.
Baccus was unsure Saturday of the cause; according to an update this morning on the Facebook page for the attempt, he has sent the motor downstate to determine what went wrong.
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Erick Baccus of Lake Linden is seen shortly after taking off on his attempt to set the snowmobile watercross record at Rice Lake Saturday.
The 10 a.m. start time was delayed for about an hour as Baccus tried to break in a new motor.
"It was one of those things where I should have broken the motor longer, because it was a new motor, but I wasn't able to," he said. "That's why I was idling it in the water."
The event raised $124 for the Hubbell Fire Department, of which Baccus is a member.
Baccus said he had no plans to make any more attempts.
"It's expensive," he said. "It's fun, but I can't afford it."
Saturday's ride also saw interference from one of Baccus's cousins, who took off on his own snowmobile shortly after Baccus left shore. Baccus declined to comment on his cousin's actions.
After his snowmobile sank, Baccus got help from Bear and Connie Schenk in retrieving it. He also thanked the dozens of people who turned out to watch his attempt, many of whom were still there at 1 p.m. when Baccus returned in a truck with the snowmobile.
"I had great support," he said.
Despite not breaking the record, Baccus said, it was a fun chase.
"I couldn't have asked for anything better, except a stronger ending," he said.