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Boy Rescued From Ice-covered Lake

James City County Fire Department
5077 John Tyler Highway
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Fire Administration: (757) 220-0626
Fax:(757) 220-9125

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Joe Davis, District Chief
January 24, 2005
Office:  (757) 565-7604
Pager:  (757) 872-2364


JAMES CITY COUNTY, VA Fire and Police Departments responded to the report of a drowning person in Lake Loring in the Birchwood Park community on January 23, 2005. A resident from the 100 block of Chestnut Drive called "911" at 3:15 p.m. Two police officers and an off-duty fire marshal were first to arrive three minutes later. ; A thirteen year old boy was found in the water trying to get back on the ice. He was approximately thirty feet from shore. The depth was estimated five to six feet. The officers and fire marshal rescued the boy by throwing a rescue rope. The rescue rope is standard equipment issued to all James City County police officers. Assistant Fire Marshal Greg Thompson threw the rope and gave instructions to the boy. He, with Police Lieutenant Steve Rubino and Master Police Officer Steve Humphries, pulled the boy to shore within two minutes of arriving. James City County Fire Department paramedics arrived at 3:19 p.m. The boy was treated for hypothermia and transported to Williamsburg Community Hospital. All fire department units had cleared by 4:12 p.m.


In Virginia, frozen lakes and ponds are hazardous. Rarely do temperatures remain below freezing long enough to create ice thick enough to support the weight of people. James City County Fire Department encourages all parents to discuss water safety with their children, including the hazards of ice-covered bodies of water. For additional information on water safety, call Margaret Tucker, Fire Safety Educator, at (757) 253-0574.



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