Falling Into Ice

By now you’ve likely heard the story of the three snowmobilers who fell through the ice awhile taking a shortcut across not-so-solid Seeley Lake. One was rescued, the other two froze to death.

Death by hypothermia is actually quite common in Montana. The only state with more deaths by freezing is Alaska. Elderly people are most likely to end up with life-threatening hypothermia due to poor circulation and lack of mobility, but falling into deathly-cold water is also quite common.

More from NBC

Two snowmobilers were found dead after they fell through the frozen ice of a Montana lake, the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office said.

The bodies were spotted by a helicopter and recovered at about 10 p.m. Friday, more than three hours after three people were reported missing on Seeley Lake, which is in a mountainous area about 100 miles south of Glacier National Park.

The missing men were part of a group of five snowmobilers crossing the frozen lake Friday, a sheriff’s official told NBC station KECI, and one of the men who made it across was able to belly crawl on the ice and save one of the three that plunged in the freezing water, pulling a 45-year-old man to safety. But the other two remained missing until a helicopter was able to spot them from the air.

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