Father and Son Rescue Woman From Icy Pond

A father and son make a daring rescue after a woman fell through the ice and gets stuck in a pong.

Phil Mehl didn't expect to be anyone's hero on Saturday, but when he saw that woman stuck in the frozen pond he jumped into action.

"I went down into my garage and grabbed some rope and my dad and I came out and we walked on the ice, carefully," said Mehl.

Mehl told 11 News that the pond is about 12 feet deep where the woman fell in.

They crawled out to meet the woman and had her tie a rope around her wrist.

"We pulled and we prayed, and we pulled and prayed and all of a sudden she got one leg up toward the ice, I said, 'We need to have you try it again," said Phil Mehl Sr.

After several minutes of struggling they were able to pull her to safety.

"It's such a blessing to think you could be a part of saving a life," said Mehl Sr.

Although authorities advise against heading onto thin ice if you see someone else stuck, the Mehl's say they felt they had no other option.

"When someone's screaming like that, I think you're not just going to watch," said Mehl.

"When I heard the rescue people, I knew even if we all went in, it was probably going to be alright," said Mehl Sr.

It happened at a small pond near Cabin Hill Ln. and Pond View Pl. north of Black Forest.

The woman was treated at the pond then taken to the hospital.

First responders believe the woman was walking her unleashed dogs near the pond and one of them ran onto the ice. It's unclear if the dog fell in. The woman apparently tried to get her dog and and fell in the ice. They don't know how long she was in the water before she was rescued.


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