RCMP said a 20-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman were on a snowmobiling and fishing trip on Lake of the Woods and were headed back to their vehicles Sunday morning when they became disoriented.
They had headed out on the trip with two other people, and were supposed to go back to the ice hut to pick them up before they left but never showed up.
The two people waiting at the ice hut managed to flag down a different snowmobiler to get a ride back to the vehicles. That’s when they realized their friends never made it to the vehicle.
They called Sprague RCMP around 2:30 p.m., worried about their friends who had disappeared in the midst of a blizzard.
RCMP said there was little to no visibility at the time, so search and rescue efforts were planned for daybreak.
Meanwhile, the couple had become lost and unintentionally drove about 40 kilometres away from their site. Their snowmobile then broke down.
According to RCMP, the pair were able to start a fire and spent the remainder of the day and overnight in the wilderness, where temperatures dipped down to about -28 C.
In the morning, the 20-year-old man walked out from their makeshift camp and found a home. He called his father’s work around 10 a.m., who then called police.
The pair were then taken to hospital in Minnesota where the man was treated for frostbite.