Two rescued from ice shelf 100 yards into Lake Zurich
BY CHARLES BERMAN | firstname.lastname@example.org March 27, 2013 5:40PM
Two people were rescued off a shelf of ice next to open water 100 yards from the shore at Lake Zurich's Paulus Park beach Wednesday afternoon. | Photos courtesy village of Lake Zurich
Updated: March 28, 2013 11:28AM
LAKE ZURICH — Two people were rescued off a shelf of ice next to open water 100 yards from the shore at Lake Zurich’s Paulus Park beach Wednesday afternoon.
According to Lake Zurich Fire Rescue Department, a public works employee was first on the scene at about 2:30 p.m., but was unable to reach them.
Fire department personnel were able to make it out to the victims using cold-water rescue suits and personal flotation devices. Using flotation devices on each, both were assisted to the shore by 3:04 p.m. They were evaluated by emergency medical personnel and taken to Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington.
Two other youths were observed on the lake as well, walking on the ice away from the Paulus Park shoreline. They also fell into the water but regained their footing, Lake Zurich fire officials said. Both were escorted back to Paulus Park to be evaluated and were later released to a parent.
Lake Zurich officials reminded residents that the lake is very dangerous and not strong enough to support much weight.
“No one should test the ice once warmer temperatures have been present and open areas of water are evident,” a fire department news release stated. “This could have been a very tragic incident, as the cold-water temperature will quickly overcome people.”
The Long Grove, Arlington Heights and Palatine Rural fire departments assisted.