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MN Couple Dies in Burnett Co. after Snowmobile Goes Through Ice

Created: January 01, 2019 05:08 PM

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says a pair of snowmobilers from Apple Valley were killed after the snowmobile they were riding on went through thin ice on Webb Lake in Burnett County Saturday night.

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Timothy Joseph Obrien, 57, and Kimberly Ann Obrien, 56, owned a cabin on Webb Lake, roughly two hours northeast of the Twin Cities.

A relative, who doesn't want to be identified, said the couple rode together on the same snowmobile to meet friends for dinner Saturday.

But later, when family members called the O'Brien's cabin, no one answered and no one called back.

Relatives reported the two missing to police.  The Burnett County Sheriff's Office launched an all out search from the Oak Ridge Inn restaurant to the O'Brien's cabin. 

Sunday, the couple's bodies were located and recovered after someone spotted their helmets.  A relative confirmed they were also still wearing their snowmobile suits.  And the machine was submerged in the water.

Burnett County authorities said the circumstance of why they crashed through the ice is under investigation.  One day before the tragic accident, the Wisconsin DNR announced riding trails would reopen after being closed because of recent heavy rains.

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