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Two 14-year olds rescued after they fell through thin ice

Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officers have proven time and again they are in the business of saving lives – and they did it again on Monday.

This time, two 14-year old youth were rescued from a pond after they fell through thin ice, in Ajax.

On February 26 at about 4:20 pm, members of the DRPS West Division responded to a water rescue call in the area of Mandrake Street and Doric Street.

Two males, both 14-year old, had fallen through the ice in a pond located in a residential area. One of them was able to climb out back onto the ice, but the other was still trapped in the water, said a police statement.

Ajax Fire and DRPS, with assistance of nearby good samaritans, instructed the other youth on how to get himself out and crawl to safety on the thin ice.

Both were successfully brought back to shore, police said. They were seen by paramedics and taken to hospital for minor injuries.

This body of water had warning signs posted, said police. It is important to obey these signs and ensure children have an understanding that frozen water can be dangerous – and even deadly.


“Please remember, with rapidly fluctuating temperatures this winter season, frozen water does not mean the ice holds weight,” police added.

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