BRAINERD, Minn. (WCCO) — Two snowmobiles broke through the ice between Upper and Lower Long Lake in Crow Wing County early Saturday morning.

According to the county sheriff’s office, the snowmobiles broke through at about 2 a.m.

One of the people on one of the snowmobiles was able to get out of the water and walk to a residence nearby, but crews arriving at the scene believed the other was still in the water.

While first responders and other crews searched the scene, the second snowmobiler called to let crews know that he was also out of the water and at a nearby residence.

In all, three people were involved in the incident. All had been drinking, but the sheriff’s office said none were arrested.

They were treated by paramedics from a responding ambulance and were released.

Comments (5)
  1. scott says:

    Great to hear that these people did not die! Coming into march so it is very dangerous wherever you go on the ice. not getting charged with dui is nice but they still have a big bill for getting the sleds out! 🙂 Add up all the gear that is lost or damaged and that was a very expensive fishing trip. I think its a lesson learned and the dui charges were not needed.

  2. vj in mn says:

    I don’t think drivers of snowmobiles (or ATV’s and boats) should be given a pass on DUI’s. I’m glad there was a happy ending to this story but lots of law enforcement resources used. Drinking is drinking whether you’re in a car or on a snowmobile.

    1. JB says:

      I agree, I remember hearing of a guy that got a dui for driving a lawnmower for crying out loud.

  3. No Compassion - It's the Law says:

    I find it hard to believe that they were given a pass on the DUI. The more likely senario is that they were not above the .08 limit. Law enforcement isn’t big on compassion when it comes to drinking and driving.

  4. crazypic says:

    lol…nice pic of a ice CUBED lake…noones gonna snowmobile on a lake looking like that…couldn’t get a more visual pic of normal ice on a lake er what?

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