UPDATE: Search Called Off For Snomobiler Who Went Through Ice On St. Croix
*** The search for the snomobiler has been suspended until this spring due to dangerous conditions.
Just before 7pm on Saturday, February 16, 2013, the Pine County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting that a snowmobiler had broken through the ice on the St Croix River approximately four miles north of the Soderbeck River Landing located at the end of Pine County Road 10.
Pine and Burnett County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Pine City Firefighters and the National Park Service responded to the scene, which had no direct road access and was located in the wilderness of the St. Croix River National Scenic Waterway.
Eventually responders located a partially submerged snowmobile on the edge of a large open area of turbulent water but they were unable to locate any sign of the victim.
According to other riders that were accompanying the victim; the group of three were traveling on the frozen river in the dark, when the victim hit a large patch of open water. The victim was thrown from his machine and disappeared in the river. It is believed that the victim may have been swept away by river current downstream and under the ice pack.
Because of dangerous river conditions, no responders entered the water, but an extensive search was conducted was on foot, by snowmobile and State Patrol Helicopter.
The victim’s name will not be released until next of kin are notified. The search for the victim resumed on Sunday, February 17th.