Local men help with search and rescue effort

Terry men Aaron Martinson and Jared Davis sit on the snowmobiles they used to help find a Dawson County couple who became stranded near the Pine Unit area. The couple spent Sunday night in their vehicle after efforts to find them by Dawson County officials were unsuccessful. Prairie County officials became involved in the mutual aid effort Monday afternoon.

By Kay Braddock

       After spending Sunday night stranded in their vehicle, a  man and woman, who had been hunting near the Pine Unit area in Dawson County, were found Monday evening. 

The couple remained inside their vehicle, enduring single digit temperatures, during the ordeal.  
Search efforts began Sunday evening after Dawson County officials were notified that the couple, from Dawson County, had become stuck in  snowdrifts, according to Prairie County Sheriff Bill Klunder. 
Search efforts discontinued at 11 p.m. on Sunday with crews resuming efforts Monday morning. The search effort included the use of airplanes and snowmobiles.
Prairie County officials became involved in the mutual aid effort Monday afternoon. 
The location of the couple was narrowed down early on to the Pine Unit area. 
Disaster Emergency Service Coordinator John Pisk contacted search volunteers Jared Davis and Aaron Martinson at about 4:30 p.m. Monday. 
Within about 15 minutes of leaving Oil Field Road, Davis and Martinson found the couple about eight miles south of the road in Dawson County, bordering the county line.
“They knew what they were doing,” said Prairie County Deputy Sheriff Jason Smith of Davis and Martinson, describing the two men as avid snowmobilers.
The couple, who were found in the vehicle at about 6:30 p.m., had been firing shots in the air every 30 minutes to aid rescuers.

Published Dec. 1, 2010
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