Searchers find missing Wis. snowmobiler alive

5:33 PM, Jan 21, 2013   |    comments
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SUPERIOR, Wis. - A snowmobiler who'd been missing in the Superior area since Saturday has been found, safe but suffering from effects of the cold.

Superior police say 51-year-old Craig Friebe was found Monday morning on the ice of the Nemadji River. He was taken to a hospital with symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia.

Friebe was able to identify himself to responders and tell them his snowmobile ran out of gas. He'd been walking since then, but it wasn't clear for how long. He was found about 20 miles from where he'd last been seen.

Authorities spent all day Sunday looking for him. They suspended their search at nightfall.

Friebe went missing as the coldest temperatures of the season settled across the region. Low temperatures in Superior were below zero Sunday night.

 

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