Man saves girl who fell through icy pond in Hanover
HANOVER, Mass. (WHDH) -- A man who was riding his bicycle rescued a 14-year-old girl who fell through the ice on Forge Pond in Hanover on Thursday.
“I started treading water, trying to get help, saw a dude running by, screamed, ‘Help,’ first thing that comes to mind, you know? ” said Chloe, who was rescued from the pond.
The seventh grader said she was sliding around on the ice in her sneakers after school when the ice broke and she was suddenly neck-deep in ice-cold water.
“Then I was trying to get out. First impression, you want to get out of freezing water, so I was scrabbling, the ice kept breaking,” Chloe said.
Officials said the 57-year-old Scituate man jumped into the water to save her. By the time emergency responders arrived the girl was out of the water.
“No, [I didn’t think twice about saving Chloe], not really. It was just a no brainer,” said Richard Cullen. “I had to break the ice on the way out ‘cause I couldn’t stand on it and I was able to pound through it ‘til I got to her. And then I was able to hold her up.”
Fire officials said before the man jumped into the water he was able to alert some people passing by to call for help.
The fire chief said Cullen saved the teenagers life.
The 14-year-old girl was treated and released from the hospital.