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Man in critical condition after fall through icy pond in northwest Tippecanoe County

A man is in critical condition after falling through an icy pond in northwest Tippecanoe County. The sheriff's office confirms he was under water for more than 10 minutes.

Posted: Dec 12, 2018 3:14 PM
Updated: Dec 13, 2018 3:47 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A man is in critical condition after falling through an icy pond in northwest Tippecanoe County. The sheriff's office confirms he was under water for more than 10 minutes. 

He was one of two men who fell into the pond at 2634 West and 750 North. Deputies said Thomas Watkins was taken to IU Health Arnett Hospital in critical condition. Brian Kennedy was taken as a precaution. 

According to sheriff's deputies,  Kennedy was able to make his way out of the water and went to a neighboring home to call 911. 

Deputies said when they arrived, Watkins was still in the water. Lieutenant Daniel Dulin told News 18 "life-saving measures" were performed on him. 

Kennedy was also taken to IU Health Arnett as a precaution. Lt. Dulin with Indiana DNR said he was treated for mild hypothermia. 

The two are supposedly friends and were fishing on the pond at the time, deputies said. 

A dive team recovered the fishing equipment from the water. There were about 20 holes made in the ice.

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office, Wabash Township Fire and Rescue, and the Department of Natural Resources were among those assisting. 

This is the third ice-related incident in two days we've reported across the state. Conservation officers warn that it has not been cold enough long enough for any ice to be safe in Indiana.

Indiana DNR said ice should be at least four inches thick to support people and Lt. Dan Dulin said even then, precautions must be taken on the ice.

"Definitely take equipment with you like a personal floatation device or a rope or ice picks to save yourself in case an emergency takes place," said Dulin. "Let people know where you are going to go and always have a plan if something does go wrong."

At 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, Lt. Dulin with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said he hasn't received word on Watkins' condition.

 

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