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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Boy drowns in icy pond in Carterville

  • A 12-year-old southern Illinois boy died Sunday after falling into an icy pond with a friend who was rescued, authorities said.
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  • A 12-year-old southern Illinois boy died Sunday after falling into an icy pond with a friend who was rescued, authorities said.
    Emergency crews were called to the Carterville pond at about 5 p.m. The boys were taken to Herrin Hospital and the 12-year-old was pronounced dead at 6:16 p.m., said Williamson County Coroner Junior Burke.
    The boys were walking on a frozen pond when the ice broke and they fell into the water, Burke said. Rescue efforts were hampered as responders tried to move their boats through about 2 inches of ice on the water, authorities said.
    The boys were not immediately identified. The rescued boy was being treated. The boy who died was under water for about 30 minutes before rescuers could reach him, said Carterville Fire Chief Bruce Talley.
    One neighbor, Jack Brown, said he heard screaming coming from the pond and rushed outside. He said neighbors used extension cords to try to rescue the boys.
    "I wish that there was some way I would have been able to get to them quicker, so that we could have saved them both," Brown said. "I don't know really what else could have been done."
    The coroner and Carterville police were investigating. Carterville is 10 miles east of Carbondale.

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