Workers take action to save boy who fell into frozen pond in Portsmouth

Posted at 3:08 PM, Feb 18, 2015

Portsmouth, Va. - Emergency crews were called out to a Portsmouth neighborhood on Wednesday after a boy fell into a frozen pond.

The incident happened in the 700 block of 5th Street.

Police say the boy, who is under the age of 10, fell through the thin ice and a few adults in the area quickly came to his rescue.

Officers arrived on the scene approximately three minutes after the call was made. At that point, the boy had already been extracted from the pond.

He was evaluated by medics and was taken to the hospital. Crews say he should be okay.

Authorities are warning parents to be more vigilant and make sure children are not playing on frozen waterways.

Anthony Childers, a friend of the victim's, says he took action to help his friend, JoJo.

"He walked on the ice and he went too far out and the ice had broke," says Anthony.

JoJo went into the freezing water but Anthony says he did not panic, he took action to get help.

A worker from U.S. Flag and Signal Run ran right into the water to rescue little JoJo. Other workers from other businesses threw cords and ropes into the water to help bring them to safety.

JoJo was already out of the water by the time emergency crews arrived.