Caught on camera: dramatic rescue and sorrow on icy pond
A police officer’s body camera caught the harrowing moments he rushed to save three boys who had fallen through ice on a pond in Parker, Colorado on January 14.
“Where’s everybody else at?”
“What do you mean?”
“Grab onto the stick. Hold on buddy.”
Parker Police Department patrolman Trey Biles had no time to waste. A report from 9News said that Biles had arrived on scene within five minutes of a 9-1-1 call from a nearby resident.
The video shows Biles grab a large nearby branch and run to where one of the boys is struggling to get out of the water. But it isn’t an easy rescue. The ice at the edge of the water is still precarious and the boy he’s trying to rescue “tried to grab [the tree branch] it was so cold he had no dexterity in his hands and he ended up grabbing it with his forearm and using his face to leverage against the tree,” Biles told KCNC News.
Miraculously, patrolman Biles is able to pull Cole Robinson from the frigid waters.
Biles then tried to look for the other two boys.
“I walked back onto the ice with my tree branch and began hitting the edge of where the water was to the ice, hoping I would see some sort of sign of life.”
Soon after, more help arrived, but it was about 15 more minutes before they could pull Max Gantnier, 15, from the icy pond. It would take them another half hour to locate Patric Lantz, 16. Lantz died that day while Gantnier would succumb to his injuries 10 days later.
“Two kids are gone, two families don’t have sons anymore because of a tragic accident,” Biles said
Robinson did not suffer any serious injuries and was released from hospital later that night.
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