Berlin teen falls through ice, quickly rescued

Published on Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:39
Written by Charles Paullin


BERLIN - A teenager fell through ice at Paper Goods Pond Monday and was pulled to safety by a friend, according to town police.

The teen had been fishing with the other teen at the time, said Lt. Drew Gallupe. Both are 14 years old, but their genders were not made available.

The call came in at 1:08 p.m. from nearby residents, who had noticed the two out on the pond, he added.

“When I saw them I thought, ‘This is not going to end well,’ ” said Shelly Peterson, a paraprofessional at Griswold Elementary School, who said she called police when she noticed the pair while driving back to her Church Street home from a grocery store.

She said she worried that wet clothes would make it difficult for either to pop back up after falling through the ice, increasing the risk of hypothermia.

Berlin police responded to the area of 154 Main St. As an officer was yelling at the teens, Gallupe said, one fell through a section of ice separated from another section by open water.

Gallupe, captain of the department’s dive team, said the team was gearing up to respond but the second 14-year-old helped the one who fell through out of the water in a matter of minutes.

The teenagers returned to land on the opposite side of Main Street, where an officer was waiting for them, Gallupe said. The 14-year-old who fell through the ice was placed in a cruiser to warm up and taken to the Hospital of Central Connecticut by Hunters Ambulance as a precaution, Gallupe added.

Gallupe said all ice is too thin to walk on now.

“Any time you see running water, it’s a clear sign you shouldn’t be on the ice,” he said.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:39. Updated: Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:41.