Four Children Fall Through Ice Into Pond Near Lansdowne High School, Hillcrest Park, Maryland.
Baltimore County police and firefighters responded about 1:30 p.m. Sunday to a report that four boys fell through thin ice near Lansdowne High School in Hillcrest Park.
Fire officials say four children were transported to hospitals after they fell into an icy pond in Maryland’s Baltimore County. Two of the children were in critical condition and two were in serious condition.
Baltimore County police reported two boys were able to make it back to shore on their own. Two bystanders rushed to help the remaining two boys. Citizen rescuers were able to pull one of the boys, identified as Omar Benjamin, 12, of Columbia, to shore. Officials said he was unconscious, so the bystanders tried to give him first aid before paramedics arrived.
The fourth child, Kyron Aikens, 13, of Baltimore, was pulled from the water at 2:47 p.m. by a water rescue team. Officials said he was in cardiac arrest.
Aikens was rushed to an ambulance that was standing by, and was transported to St. Agnes Hospital. He later transferred to the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, where he was listed in serious condition Monday morning.
Omar Benjamin was also listed in serious condition at the John Hopkins Children’s Center. The two other boys, Junior Thomas, 8, of Columbia; and Jujuan Wilder, 12, of Baltimore were transported to St. Agnes Hospital, and have since been released.
— wbaltv.com (@wbaltv11) January 26, 2015
First on scene at Lansdowne. Balt co fire says 4 youths into water. 3 rescued. 1 still in water. pic.twitter.com/zjeBRKjUdA
— Fox 45 Photogs (@Fox45Photogs) January 25, 2015
Lake behind Lansdowne High School, site of water rescue. Four kids rescued, taken to hospital. 2 critical, 2 serious. pic.twitter.com/bAm5Fsnbuo
— Paul Gessler (@PaulGessler) January 25, 2015
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