Crown Point Fire Department Issues Warning After Boy Falls Through Icy Pond

Jennifer Keiper
November 18, 2019 - 12:22 pm

CROWN POINT, Ind. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The fire department in Crown Point, Indiana is putting out a warning after a boy fell through the ice. 

A member of the Crown Point Fire Department tied to a rope, held by a fellow diver on land, showed CBS 2 how easy it is to fall through an icy pond.

"The ice is not even a half-inch thick," said Crown Point Assistant Fire Chief Mark Baumgardner.

The demonstration comes after an 11-year-old boy had to be rescued by friends after he fell through ice on a Crown Point pond on Saturday. They used a broom to pull him out.

Baumgardner said the easiest thing to remember when you encounter ice on water is, "if you don't know, don't go."

He said ice needs to be at least four inches thick.

As for the 11-year-old boy, he was checked out at a hospital and was reported to be okay. He is now back home.