2 dead after snowmobile goes through ice on Lake Superior


Emergency responders recovered the bodies of two men after the snowmobile they were riding on went through the ice on Lake Superior near Madeline Island.

WDIO reports the two men, both in their 30s, were last seen leaving Bayfield on Wednesday around 9:30 p.m and were headed to LaPointe on Madeline Island, but never arrived. A 911 caller reported them missing twelve hours later.

Just before 10 a.m., emergency crews found the body of one man next to a partially submerged snowmobile in the South Channel. The body of the second man was recovered three hours laters.

Their identities have not been released.

The Duluth News Tribune reports traveling over the ice by car, truck, snowmobile or fan-powere air sled is common between the mainland and the island in the winter.

However, the area is subject to rapidly changing ice conditions.

An ice road between Bayfield and Madeline Island opened to light trucks and cars on Wednesday, but officials closed the road Thursday because of cracks in the ice that developed overnight, according to MPR.

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