Utah boy who fell into frozen pond for 30 minutes rescued by sergeant

The victim was located near the far side of the grass growing in the pond. Looking at the photograph, you can see the pathway traveled by Sgt. Thompson from the shoreline, circling around the left side of the grass patch. (Washington County Sheriff's Office)

NEW HARMONY, Utah (KUTV) - An 8-year-old boy who fell into a frozen pond while chasing after a dog is currently being treated at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.

It happened at 3100 East 2500 South in New Harmony around 5 p.m. Christmas Day.

According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the boy was playing with other children when his dog ran away.

The boy chased after the dog onto a frozen pond. After he was about 25 feet out on the pond, the boy fell through the ice.

The other children ran to grab an adult, who called the police.

The first arriving sergeant was from the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Sgt. Thompson decided to shed his gear and get out on the ice to attempt a rescue.

About 10 feet out, Thompson fell through the ice. Using his arms and hands, he was able to break the ice for 25 feet to get to the boy.

Thompson pulled the boy out and got him back to shore.

The boy was airlifted to a St. George hospital. He had vitals leaving the scene but was not conscious or alert.

Thompson has hypothermia and lacerations on his arms and hands from cutting through the ice. He was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The dog was not hurt.

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