INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – There was a dramatic rescue Tuesday night on the ice at Eagle Creek after two people were stranded on the reservoir. One of them fell in.
There were tense moments for rescuers because they were dealing with ice and the two victims were stranded several hundred yards away from the shore. The park was crowded with people and many of them witnessed the rescue.
“I think it was shock at first, but then you have a moment of why are they on the ice,” said Lauren Johnson.
The rescue happened just after 6:45 p.m. Tuesday. Pike Township Fire crews responded to the park after getting a 911 call about two people stranded on the ice.
“When they got here to the beach area here in the bird sanctuary, there were two folks out on the ice, one had fallen through the ice; one was walking on the ice trying to self-rescue back to the shore,” said Pike Township Deputy Chief Rob Saunders.
Johnson took pictures of the rescue. She was walking in the park when she heard a woman screaming for help.
“She was standing on top of the ice, there was a gentleman who had fallen into the water and was attempting to get back on to the ice,” Johnson said.
Scott Webb was having dinner in the park with his wife when he heard the commotion. He said it took some time for rescuers to get to the victims.
“It did take some time because it took the vehicles a long time to get around the lake to get up to it,” said Webb.
The man and woman were eventually rescued. Johnson said she’s thankful people were in the park to help.
“What would possess someone to walk on to ice that is clearly melting,” she said.
Fire crews had the same question. Deputy Chief Saunders said this is a teachable moment for everyone.
“The lesson is stay off the ice especially as these temperatures warm up and the ice begins to thaw out. These temperatures are really causing it to melt fast,” he said.
The male victim was transported to the hospital for hypothermia and is expected to be OK.
Pike Township put three divers in the water. The IFD Dive Team was on standby to help.