Family survives three nights in northern Ontario wilderness

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Alan S. Hale, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:18 AM ET

KENORA, Ont. - A local family survived a harrowing experience after spending three nights stranded outside in the severe cold in northern Ontario before being rescued by police.

The unidentified family of four, which includes two children aged 6 and 10 years old, left Kenora on Jan. 18 to go on a week-long trip which they would spend trapping near Wingiskis Lake, approximately 250 km east of Winnipeg.

The family was on their way back home from the trip when one snowmobile began having mechanical problems and the other became stuck, leaving them stranded.

The family survived the bone-chilling -30C temperatures because they were prepared, police said. The family was carrying survival gear and supplies which they used to build a shelter and light a fire, as well as enough emergency food to survive while waiting for rescue.

After family members in Kenora realized their loved ones were overdue, they contacted a local pilot who located the family on Monday during a fly-over and then called police.

Police are saying the family’s experience is a textbook example of how people should prepare when going into the wilderness: Carry emergency equipment and supplies, and always tell someone where you’re going and when they should expect you to return.


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