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Youngster falls through ice on Chorleywood Common

posted 2 Dec 2010, 10:08 by Tomo   [ updated 2 Dec 2010, 10:14 ]
As reported by the Watford Observer

A 12-year-old boy had a lucky escape earlier this week after he plunged through ice on a frozen pond. The boy was playing with friends on Chorleywood Common when the accident happened at about 4.15pm. He was plucked from the icy waters by the mother of one of his friends, who sprinted to the scene when the alarm was raised.

Gary Sanderson, of the East of England Ambulance Service, said the boy was unhurt but warned of the dangers of playing on frozen ice.
He said: "I urge anyone who is thinking of skating or playing on frozen rivers or lakes to stay well away. We are asking the public, dog walkers and especially children to take care near frozen waters. “It is impossible to tell how thick the ice is and how deep the water is underneath. The risk is too great and whilst it seems a good thing to do at the time, could easily end up in a tragedy."

The incident has also since been reported by the BBC News

Chorleywood Parish Council have since issued an advisory warning to residents that in the current weather conditions to please be mindful around the ponds on Chorleywood common and any open water. Thin ice is unstable and will not support any significant weight, and do not go onto ice on the ponds or allow your dog onto the ice.

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