Lansing Area Safety Officers Save Man From Ice Pond
In Bath Township, which is located within Clinton County, a 75-year-old man was riding his All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) when he went over an iced-over pond that broke under the weight. As he fell under and held on to the ice awaiting the help that his daughter had called.
In just minutes, public safety officials were there on the scene to assist the man out of the unfortunate predicament he found himself in. Due to the swift actions of his daughter and these public safety officers, this man was able to make a full recovery after being transported to the Sparrow hospital.
On Thursday, February 2, Clinton County Central Dispatch received a 911 call at around 1:31pm from a female subject stating that her father had fallen through the ice and needed assistance being lifted from the water. Below is body camera footage from the officers who arrived on scene.
Upon watching the video, you can see the officer arrive and out in the pond is the man clinging on to the slippery ice as he awaits help. It looks as if his daughter had tried to use the ladder to help him out before calling for help.
They were able to get the buoy out to him and to pull him out of the water and up to "shore". My first thought was "ouch, it must hurt to be freezing cold and then be dragged across ice" but it must be better than drowning and developing hypothermia.
At the end of the day, we're thankful for first responders that risk their lives to keep us safe or save our lives in situations such as this one. On the other hand, during the winter the weather gets cold, but it hasn't been quite the same as the past. So, before you or anyone you know goes out on a frozen body of water, make sure it is safe and will support the weight of yourself and your materials.