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UPDATE: Wis. Snowmobiler Rescued after 2 Nights in Forest

UPDATED Wednesday, January 23, 2013 --- 1:45 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- A snowmobiler from Superior, Wis., is recovering in a Duluth, Minn., hospital after spending two nights in subzero cold in the forest on the Wisconsin-Minnesota border.

Craig Friebe says he was riding up the frozen Nemadji River early Saturday when he ran out of gas. He would spend over 48 hours trying to find his way back to civilization before he came upon a bridge at daylight Monday, when it was about 15 degrees below zero, and waited until a snowplow driver happened by and summoned help for him

He and his wife, Becky, are sharing their stories on the web site CaringBridge.org. She writes that he was in fair condition, still "defrosting," and was "in a lot of pain" as of Tuesday. But she says he's in good spirits.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED: Monday, January 21, 2013 --- 11:30 a.m.

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) -- A snowmobiler who'd been missing in the Superior area since Saturday has been found, safe but suffering from effects of the cold.

Superior police say 51-year-old Craig Friebe was found Monday morning on the ice of the Nemadji River. He was taken to a hospital with symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia.

Friebe was able to identify himself to responders and tell them his snowmobile ran out of gas. He'd been walking since then, but it wasn't clear for how long. He was found about 20 miles from where he'd last been seen.

Authorities spent all day Sunday looking for him. They suspended their search at nightfall.

Friebe went missing as the coldest temperatures of the season settled across the region. Low temperatures in Superior were below zero Sunday night.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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POSTED: Sunday, January 20, 2013 --- 7:05 pm

SUPERIOR -- Superior police are searching for a snowmobiler who has been missing since Saturday.

Police say 51-year-old Craig Friebe was last seen riding his snowmobile on St. Louis Bay in Superior. He told his friends early that day that he was going to ride on the bay and the Nemadji River.

Authorities spent all day Sunday looking for Friebe, but suspended their search at nightfall. They'll continue looking for Friebe again Monday morning.

Friebe went missing as the coldest temperatures of the season are settling across the region. Low temperatures in Superior are expected to dip well below zero Sunday night, and wind chills could see a dangerously low 35 degrees below zero.

Anyone who knows Friebe's whereabouts is asked to call Douglas County authorities at (715)394-4432.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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