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Utah sheriff’s deputy rescues boy from the icy water, officials say

A sheriff’s deputy in southern Utah struck by the frozen pond on Monday to rescue a drowning boy.

(Washington County Sheriffs Office via AP)

A Utah sheriff’s deputy saved an 8-year-old boy who fell through an icy pond while chasing his dog, authorities said.

The police said a group of children were playing near a pond in the New Harmony on Monday evening when a boy, the dog ran away, KUTV reported. A boy in the group took it out on the pond when the ice cracked and he fell in.

Not able to take him out on their own, the other children ran for help and authorities were called to the scene, the press said.

Sergeant Aaron Thompson of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrived first, and the “made on the personal decision” to attempt the rescue without the use of any material, according to a press release obtained by Fox 13.

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Thompson forced a way through 25 metres of the ice where the boy was stuck, eventually liberating and brings him back to the country, Lt. David Crouse of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said the outlet.

“He and other citizens actually able to break through the ice, in the water and pick up the boy from the pond,” Crouse said. “He was taken to a nearby ambulance.”

The boy is believed to have been in the vicinity of the freezing point of water for about half an hour, until he was rescued, Thompson said at a press conference Tuesday. The officer had previously served on a search and rescue dive team located the child in an area where a woman reported seeing his hand minutes before.

“I couldn’t feel it. I had nothing in the holes when I was doing,” Thompson said. “I knew that time was of the essence. I had a very small window to get that child out of the water.”

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“As the ice got thicker, I could not break it with my arms and my fists more, so I had to jump up on top of the ice cream, making my weight, and then pound to break it,” he added.

Emergency services arrived on the spot and flew the boy to Dixie Regional Medical Center, KUTV said. He was reportedly unconscious when she left, but had vitals.

Thompson said deputies were hopeful for the boy’s recovery.

The deputy also required medical attention due to hypothermia and cuts on his arms and hands, KUTV reported. The dog was reportedly unharmed in the incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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