Missing snowmobilers found safe

SILVER CITY – Two snowmobilers from Albertville, Minn. were lost in the woods near Silver City, but were eventually rescued by searchers, according to a written statement from the Michigan State Police Wakefield post.

Benjamin M. Jenney Sr. and Benjamin M. Jenney Jr. were last seen on their machines leaving a restaurant at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Although they had a cell phone, they couldn’t make calls, but were able to send texts at 5:30 p.m. stating they were stuck. The last text was sent at 8:30 p.m. reporting they were attempting to leave the woods on foot. They had no survival gear.

Troopers assembled other snowmobilers to help with a search for the Jenneys, which they did until 1 a.m. Monday. There were blizzard conditions in the area, and the wind chill was minus-25 degrees. Snow was 4 and 5 feet deep.

The search had to be suspended due to weather and darkness.

An MSP incident command center was set up at the AmericInn in Silver City. At daylight, several groups of snowmobilers from various agencies entered the search. Air support was unavailable due to the severe weather.

After six hours of searching Monday, both Jenneys were found in relatively good condition, but with symptoms of hypothermia and dehydration. They were transported to Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital by Sonco Ambulance for treatment.

Troopers were assisted in the search by the Ontonagon County Emergency manager, Michigan Department of Natural Resources park personnel and conservation officers, Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Department, United States Forest Service Law Enforcement Division, Ontonagon County Community Emergency Response Team, Michigan Civil Air Patrol, Air Force Search and Rescue Coordination, United States Coast Guard, Sled Necks from Wisconsin and many volunteers.