Two people have been pronounced dead after falling through the ice on Lake Superior Thursday.

By KBJR News 1

February 21, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2013 at 11:13 PM CDT

Ashland County, WI (NNCNOW.COM) - Two people have been pronounced dead after falling through the ice on Lake Superior Thursday.

Two snowmobilers went missing Wednesday night, and were found dead Thursday after traveling to Madeline Island where they reside.

The Ashland Country Sheriff's Department received a phone call reporting two snowmobilers were missing.

The two men were last seen at nine thirty Wednesday night leaving Bayfield heading for Madeline Island.

LaPointe Fire and EMS responded but were unable to save either victim.

The first body was found parially submerged in the water at 9:30 am Thursday. The second was found in the same area around 1 pm.

"Traveling out on the lake you can't see the ice conditions. You don't know what might be in front of you only the distance of your headlight. You should have some survival equipment with you. Ropes, ice picks, something to that effect," says David Oginski of the Department of Natural Resources.

This incident brings the total number of snowmobile related deaths in Wisconsin to 14 this season.

Oginski stresses the importance of traveling in pairs, letting people know of your destination and arrival times so they will know if something unexpected may have happened.

And lastly, wear flotation devices inside your clothing if there's any chance of you being in the water.

Ashland officials say it is unclear when the men fell through the ice.

The waters at the tip of Madeline Island where the bodies were found is known to be unpredictable.

Posted to the web by Gabrielle Ware
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