Search for missing snowmobilers

ONTONAGON – The Civil Air Patrol has been activated to provide assistance in the search for two missing snowmobilers in the Ontonagon area.

Members of Bay De Noc Composite Squadron, Michigan Wing were alerted to the request at 5:13 a.m. today to provide air and ground search assistance.

Reported missing are a 40-year-old man and his 19-year-old son. The pair was snowmobiling in the Ontonagon area when they left the trail and became lost Sunday at approximately 4:30 p.m. It has also been reported that one snowmobile was incapacitated, leaving only one snowmobile operational.

It has further been reported that the pair were going to attempt to walk out, walking downstream along a river.

The Civil Air Patrol has been asked by officials from the Michigan State Police Post in Ontonagon and local law enforcement to assist with an aerial search.

However, weather conditions in the area have prevented air crews from deploying to aid in the search.

Civil Air Patrol air and ground crews were on standby at the Ontonagon Airport for a break in the weather to launch a search.

UPDATE: ONTONAGON (AP) – Two missing snowmobilers from Minnesota have been found alive in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The Civil Air Patrol of Michigan says the men were discovered Monday afternoon near the Porcupine Mountains State Park in Ontonagon County in the western Upper Peninsula.

Bad weather kept planes grounded, but the air patrol says it was able to help by using cellphone forensics technology. Capt. Robert Bowden says he has no other details on the men or their hometowns.

A 40-year-old man and his 19-year-old son became lost Sunday.