MEDIA CONTACT: Mark Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
A large Fire/EMS Department dispatch was sounded at about 9:30 AM, Tuesday, December 22, 2009, to search for a possible victim that fell through thin ice on a shallow Largo collection pond. After a systematic search was completed, no one was found in the water and the lone set of foot prints in the snow leading to a hole in the ice remained a mystery, until now. The victim has been located.
A 30ish-year-old male had fallen through the ice early this morning. It is not clear where the male was coming from or going to but he found himself falling through the ice. The pond is 3 to 4 feet deep and after an unknown period of time in the frigid waters he managed to rescue himself. Injured and suffering from hypothermia he was able to make his way to the bus bay at the Largo Town Center Metro Station, 9000 Lottsford Road, in Largo, where workers called 911.
Paramedics were dispatched at about 4:30 AM and found the adult male suffering from severe hypothermia and frostbite. He reported falling through the ice in a nearby pond. Paramedics treated the patient and transported him to a trauma center.
Later this morning, with a new shift of firefighters and paramedic’s on-duty, at about 9:30 AM, multiple resources from the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department were alerted to a possible water/ice rescue. Firefighters, Paramedics, the Departments Technical Rescue and the Underwater Rescue and Recovery Team responded to a pond near the Largo Town Center Metro Station. Personnel confirmed the 911 caller sighting of foot tracks in the snow leading to a hole in the thin ice of the pond. There were about 30 personnel on the scene that searched the pond for nearly an hour before determining that no one was in the water.
It wasn’t until later this afternoon that off-duty Fire/EMS Department personnel exchanged stories with the on-duty crew about their calls. Fire Fighter/Medics realized that the two calls were related. The victim transported at 4:30 AM had made the lone set of foot prints that were seen in the snow. He made the hole in the ice when he fell through. It remains unknown how long the male was in the water and exactly how he was able to rescue himself. He remains hospitalized