Three men from Steinbach are safe, but they now have quite a story to tell from their ice fishing trip on New Year's Eve.
On December 31st at approximately 12:17 am, The Pas RCMP received a report that a truck was stuck on Clearwater Lake. The three male occupants had been heading out to do some ice fishing when their truck broke down. Police say they were stranded and ill-equipped for the plummeting temperatures. The temperature at the time was extremely cold, with a wind chill of -38 degrees.
The exact location of the stranded fishermen was unknown. It was determined that a search and rescue team, consisting of four RCMP officers, an off-duty paramedic and a conservation officer would attempt to locate the missing men; two aged 18 and a 19 year-old, all from Steinbach.
After searching a large area of Clearwater Lake, the men were located in the northwest quadrant and transported back to safety. There were minor physical injuries to the stranded males and some of the searchers due to the extreme cold.