Cops rescue teen who jumped into freezing water to save friend
Police officers in Severna Park, Maryland responded quickly when a youngster was in danger last week.
Officers rushed to help a teenager who jumped into an icy creek to save his friend Dec. 26 in Cattail Creek and Magothy River, WBAL-TV reported Thursday.
The first boy was able to swim to shore and get to safety. However, his friend got trapped and was struggling in the water.
sergeant. Katherine Beall said she asked the youngster who identified where the other boy was and when he told her she had run to the pier.
“I can see clothes on the ice, but I can’t see water moving, I can’t hear screams or cries for help. As I walk towards the pier, I say, ‘Where are you?’ I get a response, I look over the edge of the pier, and there was the other juvenile standing there, pinkish red in color, cold, shivering, begging for help,” Beall recalled.
She knew exactly what to do and tossed the boy a life jacket before grabbing a yellow lifeline to pull him out of the water.
Meanwhile, Cap. Scott Bowerman and Officer Chris Richardson came down the pier to help.
“Help me pick it up!” Beall yelled at them in body camera footage of the rescue shared by the Anne Arundel County Police Department:
Taken on photoOn December 26, 2022, at around 2:45 p.m., officers responded to a call for two young teenagers who had fallen into a frozen stream. When officers arrived on the scene, one child made it to shore safely, while the other was still submerged and clinging to a piling. Officers were able to get the child to safety and bring him to an ambulance. Officers learned that the child they had rescued had not fallen into the stream but had jumped into it, in a heroic attempt to save his friend. Watch the spooky scene unfold.
Posted by Anne Arundel County Police Department on Tuesday, December 27, 2022
One of the officers appeared to remove his gun belt before dropping to his knees. Moments later, the officers grabbed the boy and pulled him out of the water. He was soaked and seemed exhausted after such a heartbreaking experience.
“You’re fine! Ride for me,” Beall told the youngster. “It was a brave effort you put in there.”
The boy was eventually placed in an ambulance, according to the department’s social media post.
He may have been in danger of hypothermia, a condition that occurs when a person is exposed to cold or is submerged in cold water, according to the Mayo Clinic.
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