Crews rescue teen after fall into ice pond

Hanover, Mass., firefighters rescued a 19-year-old who fell through the ice into Forge Pond while playing hockey just after noon Wednesday. (CNN/WCVB)

HANOVER, Mass. (CNN/WCVB) — Hanover, Mass., firefighters rescued a 19-year-old who fell through the ice into Forge Pond while playing hockey just after noon Wednesday. Hanover firefighters in survival suits get on the rescue sled within minutes of the 911 call – which came from an anxious caller keeping friend calm.

Steve Regan watched it all happen.

“I could see him walking out onto the ice,” said Regan.

The ice is paper-thin in several spots. The teen and a friend had a hockey game going on the pond, and one went under.

“Right away, I saw him go through the ice,” said Regan.

“He was holding himself afloat with a hockey stick. He was very cold; he indicated to our people that he thought he was going to pass out,” said Hanover Fire Chief Jeffrey Blanchard. “Our people sent out a bunch of Tweets trying to inform people they should never assume that ice is safe.”

Skaters returned after school, but the fire department got wind of it and sent them home.

“The water is always moving, and that creates varying thicknesses of ice,” said Blanchard.

“If they had been here this afternoon, I don’t think they would have been out on this ice — seen what we saw,” said Regan.

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