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Ice fishers survive overnight ordeal

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An ice fishing trip on Lake of the Woods turned into a narrow escape for a pair of snowmobilers.

Sprague RCMP report that a male and female, both 20, set out with a party of four to travel to an ice hut approximately 11 kilometres from Birch Point on Sunday. The couple had departed to return to their vehicle at approximately 11:30 a.m. but never arrived. They did not have a GPS and due to blowing conditions the visibility was near zero.

The Civil Air Search and Rescue Assocation, Office of the Fire Commissioner, Search and Rescue Manitoba, Manitoba Conservation, local volunteers, along with RCMP from Sprague and Steinbach and RCMP Search and Rescue led the search at daybreak today.

Authorities were advised at 10 a.m. that the couple were located in Roosevelt, Minn.

The couple had become disoriented and travelled approximately 40 kilometres before their snowmobile broke down on Sunday. They were able to start a fire and spend the day and night in the bush. This morning, the male walked to a residence where he was able to make contact with his father's employer, who advised police.

The couple were transported to the hospital in Roseau, Minn., where it is reported the male is being treated for frostbite.

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