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A Life-Saving Ice Rescue

A Life-Saving Ice Rescue

A trail of broke ice on Geist Reservoir shows the path firefighters took to rescue an ice fisherman. [Fishers Fire Dept.]

Indianapolis Star via YellowBrix

March 02, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS – The Fishers Fire Department rescued an ice fisherman who broke through the ice at Geist Reservoir this morning.

The victim was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, said fire Capt. Ron Lipps.

The rescue happened at about 7:30 a.m. near Fall Creek and Brook School roads.

The victim was ice fishing when the ice gave way, Lipps said.

Neighbor Shawn Keneally heard cries for help as he was leaving for work. He called 911 and directed firefighters to the scene, Lipps said.

The man, whose name has not been released, was in the water for 30 minutes about 75 to 100 feet off the shore, Lipps said. The man was alert and talking to rescuers the whole time and his prognosis was good, Lipps said.

He said the man was fishing and broke through about two inches of ice.

A firefighter in a waterproof suit with a rope tethered to him slid out across the to save the man.

“The ice kept breaking, and the rescuer fell in, it was pretty thin,” Lipps. The firefighter managed, after 12 minutes, to pull the fisherman to safety.

Lipps did not know how deep the water was at the spot the man fell through or whether the victim had to tread water.

Fishers firefighters Seth Johnson and Sean Underhill made the rescue.

Lipps said medical privacy laws prevented him from identifying the fisherman.