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Skiers found safe

Two women lost in woods overnight

January 31, 2011
Daily Press

HOMESTEAD TOWNSHIP, Wis. - Two women were located Sunday morning after spending the night in the woods. The two got lost while cross-country skiing in Homestead Township, according to a news release from Florence County Sheriff Department.

The women, each 55 and from Norway, went cross-country skiing around 2 p.m. Saturday. The pair was reported missing shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday when a husband returned home from work and realized his wife and friend had not returned from skiing.

A search for the two women began around 7 a.m. Deputies located their vehicle at LaSalle Falls Trailhead.

A conservation officer on a snowmobile followed tracks on the ski trail and found the women within 13 minutes walking along a trail about one mile south of the trail head.

The women said they became disorientated the day before and could not find their way out. They spent the night in the woods, huddled under a large pine tree in frigid temperatures which reached 7 degrees below zero. At daybreak, they tried to find their way out and were located.

Both women declined medical treatment, however, one woman was transported by ambulance to Dickinson County Memorial Hospital for treatment of weather-related injuries, according to the news release.



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