Hills and Dales ice rescue turns out to be false alarm

Fishing gear found at scene of hole in icy pond. (WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)
Fishing gear found at scene of hole in icy pond

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – The evidence suggested a tragedy, luckily it was not.

Kettering firefighters and police were called to a pond at Hills and Dales Park Friday night on a report that someone fell through the ice and into the pond.

The battalion chief says someone walking their dog made the call.

Crews did see a hole in the ice and some fishing gear and clothing on the bank, but they believe the victim got out, left his tackle behind and left.

Battalion Chief Mitch Robbins says it is much too dangerous to step onto icy ponds this time of year.

“The ice is about one inch in spots, but completely gone in others. Obviously, as the warm weather comes in and the hard winter freeze starts to subside, the ice even becomes more fragile and unpredictable,” said Robbins. “No one should be out on the ice this time of year. The danger is hypothermia which can lead to death.”

Crews found no one in the water.




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