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NEWS FROM FIRE DISTRICT 1

MEDIA CONTACT
Leslie Hynes
Public Information Officer
Office: 425-551-1243
Cell: 425-754-7273

Two teens rescued after falling through ice on Lake Serene

Post Date:01/04/2017 9:15 PM

Firefighters rescued two teenage boys who fell through the ice on Lake Serene this afternoon.

Emergency dispatchers received a 911 call at 3:45 p.m. reporting two boys, both age 15, had just fallen through the ice on the lake north of Lynnwood. “Lake Serene Fire Station 23 is just across the street from the boat launch. Two of the firefighters on duty there today are rescue technicians with specialized training in ice rescue. They were on the scene within minutes,” said Leslie Hynes, public information officer for Snohomish County Fire District 1.

The district’s rescue truck based at Martha Lake Fire Station 21 also responded with additional equipment and rescue team members. Earlier in the day, the crew had conducted a drill in their station to go over ice rescue equipment and techniques.

The boys were about 150 feet from the shore when firefighters arrived. One of the boys was able to pull himself from the water. Two members of the fire district’s rescue team donned cold-water suits and pulled the second boy from the water. They brought him ashore on a rescue board. The boy had been in the water for at least 30 minutes before he was rescued.

Both boys were transported by medic unit to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. Health privacy laws prevent the fire district from releasing additional information on their conditions.

“They were very fortunate someone saw them and called for help immediately. Even though temperatures here have been below freezing for several days, the ice on our lakes and ponds doesn’t get thick enough for anyone to safely walk across it. We’ve had fatalities in the past and we urge everyone to stay off the ice,” Hynes said.


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