Civil Air Patrol to assist in search for missing snowmobilers

ONTONAGON – Members of the Upper Peninsula Group 700, Michigan Wing Civil Air Patrol, have been activated to assist in the search for two missing snowmobilers in the Ontonagon area.

Civil Air Patrol members were alerted at 5:13 a.m. today to provide air and possible ground search assistance for the missing snowmobilers, a 40-year-old male and his 19-year-old son.

The pair had been snowmobiling in the Ontonagon area when they left the trail and became lost Sunday at approximately 4:30 p.m.

According to a press release from the Bay De Noc Squadron in Escanaba, reports indicate one snowmobile was incapacitated, leaving just one snowmobile operational. It has also been reported that the pair was going to attempt to walk out, walking downstream along a river.

Though officials from the Michigan State Police have asked the Civil Air Patrol to assist with an aerial search, weather conditions in the area have prevented air crews from deploying to aid in the search.

Air crews are now on standby at the Houghton Airport for a break in the weather to launch a search. Ground team units are on standby in Escanaba and Iron Mountain.

Participating members of the Upper Peninsula Group 700, Michigan Wing Civil Air Patrol, include the Bay de Noc Squadron in Escanaba, the Dickinson Composite Squadron in Iron Mountain, and the Copper Country Squadron in Houghton.