CHICAGO (CBS) — Crown Point Fire-Rescue are warning people to stay off the ice after a child was rescued from falling into an icy pond in Northwest Indiana.
Fire officials say the boy fell through thin ice on a neighborhood pond around 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Nearby children and bystanders heard the child fall in and were able to pull him out using a broom.READ MORE: Jussie Smollett Trial: Lead Detective In Investigation Explains On Witness Stand How Smollett Went From Victim To Suspect
The boy was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.READ MORE: Retailers Worry That Repeated Organized Thefts Could Scare Shoppers Away From Mag Mile, Other Districts This Holiday Season
“Although it has been cold, the early-season ice is too thin to support the weight of humans,” said Crown Point Fire-Rescue Assistant Chief Mark Baumgardner in a written news release. “We strongly discourage people from going on the ice until it is at least four inches thick. If you don’t know the thickness, don’t go.”MORE NEWS: Chicago's Winter Overnight Parking Ban Starts Wednesday
He also advised people not to venture on the ice to rescue people or animals and instead try to reach or throw items from a safe location, and call 911.