2 adults, child rescued from icy pond
ARLINGTON, Mass. -- Two adults and a child were pulled from a pond in Arlington after falling through the ice on Sunday evening.
The Arlington couple was grateful for the quick actions of police and fire rescue after the scary accident Sunday night.
"We just decided to go for a stroll on the pond and we didn't think…yeah, just not thinking too much," said Maria, who was rescued from the ice.
But the ice began to crack underneath them, and the couple and their 3-year old-son fell through. A friend who was with them frantically called 911:
911 dispatcher: “What's the reason for your emergency?”
Caller: “It’s Arlington, Massachusetts - Spy Pond- three people have fallen into the pond!”
911 dispatcher: “Three people have fallen in the pond at Linwood circle?”
Caller: “Yes, at the circle.”
911 dispatcher: “Yes ma’am…okay we are on our way.”
The Arlington Fire Department responded and were able to rescue the family within minutes:
"From the time of the call being initiated to us which was just before 5:30 till all victims were out of the water was approximately 10 to 11 minutes,” said Chief Robert Jefferson of Arlington Fire Department. "They were very lucky in that sense but this time of year we preach to everybody that no body of water is safe no matter how cold it's been, no matter how thick that ice may be.”
The family was thankful for the way the ordeal turned out.
"We are all doing very well. We are very thankful for the prompt response of the police department, the fire department from Arlington, the people at the hospitals, Children's, B.I., Mass. General. They were all incredible," said Maria. "I mean a lot more could have gone wrong, you know, I think given everything else we went well"
The fire department said that no matter how thick the ice may appear, you cannot count on it being frozen so do not go out on it.
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