February 19, 2016 Fall River, Mass. Local youths were playing Soccer when their ball skirted the field and landed in the ice covered canal behind the goal post. One of the boys who is 15 years old believed that the ice of the Quequechan River had frozen over sufficiently to hold his body weight while he retrieved the ball for the rest of the kids.
He was sadly mistaken and the ice gave way under him plunging him in the dangerously cold water which was over his head. His friends quickly formed a human chain to keep him afloat as there is no bank on the canal to walk out of.
A call was made for assistance at approximately 4:28 P.M. and Trooper Kyle Duarte raced to the scene where he was flagged down by some of the boys. With their help he was able to pull the boy out of the water.
The Trooper got the boy out of his wet clothing and wrapped him with a dry blanket being first on the scene. Other emergency responders arrived and transported the boy who was suffering from mild shock to the hospital. The boy was treated for non life threatening injuries.
Trooper Durant said: “If his friends weren’t there helping to hold onto him (by his arms), he would have had a hard time,”