MALDEN, Mass. — A 32-year-old father and his son are recovering after falling through thin ice into Fellsmere Pond in Malden.
It happened around 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
State Police told Boston 25 News that the boy fell through the ice first. That’s when his father jumped in to rescue his son and became stuck himself.
Firefighters pulled the two to safety minutes later as witnesses watched on in relief.
“They went in and slid him out on a sled,” said neighbor Tony Pallotta. “It warms up and the ice is thin but kids still go out there. It’s got to be a scary thing to be in there freezing with the ice.”
Pallotta watched the rescue from his window and applauds fire crews for arriving so quickly to save the day.
He said the boy hadn’t completely gone underwater but seemed to be lodged in the hole he had fallen through.
“It was strange to see this kid just standing there. He wasn’t even moving. He was just in this hole in the ice,” explained Pallotta.
Neighbors recalled a number of previous incidents where kids have gone through the ice.
“The last couple of weeks, we’ve heard of kids falling in. The toys go out there and the kids chase them, not thinking,” said neighbor Lauren McDonough.
The father and son who were rescued Tuesday were transported to the hospital for evaluation. Both are expected to be okay.
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