Monday, December 22, 2014

Boy rescued walking on frozen river

By CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer | 1/14/2014

An 11-year-old boy was rescued Tuesday from the Marais des Cygnes River by Franklin County emergency crews after he walked across a concrete spillway, along the dam and onto the frozen river at 1225 W. Second St., Ottawa.

The boy, whose identity is not being released because of his age, was checked out by Franklin County emergency medical services and did not appear to have any injuries, Capt. Adam Weingartner, with the Ottawa Police Department, said Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency services were contacted shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday after the boy refused to leave the spillway, Weingartner said. The boy was with other adults, but when an officer attempted to reach him, the boy then walked from the spillway onto the frozen river, Weingartner said.

“He wouldn’t come to us,” he said. “You could see where [the ice] was thin in spots. Fortunately he didn’t fall through.”

The boy walked west along the river, and at one point ran, for about a half mile before Troy Gavel, a firefighter with the Ottawa Fire Department — wearing protective rescue gear and with a rope being held by rescue officials on the banks — walked out onto the river to rescue the boy.

No injuries to the boy or rescue officials were reported and no charges were expected, Weingartner said. The boy was in protective custody Tuesday afternoon and was expected to undergo a health screening, Weingartner said.

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