Father, son snowmobilers stranded in UP for 22 hours

Stranded snowmobilers walk 22 hours for help

Author: Lisa Ray, Managing Editor, ClickOnDetroit.com, @ClickOnLisa, lray@wdiv.com
Published On: Jan 29 2014 10:38:51 AM EST
Stranded snowmobilers Michigan
MARQUETTE, Mich. -

For nearly 22 hours a father and son struggled to find warmth and safety after getting stuck in the Porcupine Mountains in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

According to WCSC, Benjamin Jenney and his son, B.J., were at their family cabin in White Pine over the weekend to enjoy some snowmobiling.

Around 11 a.m. Sunday morning, the two left on their snowmobiles - but just a few hours later they found themselves stuck in the snow.

They got off their machines and began walking on foot toward Lake Superior. They sent a text to family members telling them what had happened. That message was relayed to the Ontonagon Sheriff's Department, Michigan State Police, and DNR, and the search began.

When the sun went down the pair found themselves with just granola bars to eat and wind chills of 40 degrees below zero.

The father and son estimate they walked for almost 22 hours straight before being rescued.