Two snowmobilers missing overnight in frigid temperatures are recovering in hospital, RCMP said Sunday evening.
The pair, both men in their 20s, were stranded on the Anson Trail when one of their snowmobiles broke down and another appears to have gone through the ice on a marsh as they sought shelter in a nearby hut. Anson Trail is a popular snowmobile trail in the Lac du Bonnet area.
Lac du Bonnet RCMP were notified at 11:30 p.m. Saturday that the men, 22 and 29 years of age, had left their cabin at about 4 p.m. to go snowmobiling and had not returned.
Police conducted a search of the cabin location that night but did not find them and with no indication where the pair had headed, they waited until daylight to extend the search.
Shortly before 9:00 a.m. Sunday, police learned the men may have been heading towards an area known as Anson Hut. Two members of the Lee River Snow Riders, along with members of the Bird River and Lac Du Bonnet fire departments, assisted in the search for the missing men.
Both men were located on the Anson snowmobile trail near Bird River. One of their snowmobiles had broken down, and in an attempt to get to the Anson Hut for shelter the other snowmobile went through the ice.
Both men spent the night on the trail, and are reported in hospital in stable condition Sunday night.