Man falls through ice

icso.jpgFriday night in the frigid cold and dark, a 19-year-old man fell through the ice on a pond near Black Rock Fish Hatchery just north of Independence. Firefighters and others came to his rescue. The stranded man was reportedly only wearing his underwear.

The report went in to the Inyo Sheriff’s Department that the man had fallen through the ice and then swam to a kind of island in the middle of the pond. Someone with the man who fell through called 911. The Independence Volunteer Fire Department responded, so did the volunteer ambulance. Officials called for a boat to rescue the by now freezing man who was wearing nothing but his underwear, according to scanner traffic.

Search and Rescue was called out as volunteers tried to quickly find a boat. Sources said someone from Bishop was trying to bring one down or possibly the Fish Hatchery provided a row boat.

The man was retrieved from the island and Search and Rescue personnel were reportedly called off. The victim was stabilized by the ambulance crew. We hope to have more information this week.

8 Responses to Man falls through ice

  1. ferdinand lopez December 10, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    fruit of the luge

  2. Big Rick OBrien December 9, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    “Ladies and Gentlemen, take my advice…take off your pants and slide on the ice”.

  3. Big Rick OBrien December 9, 2013 at 6:15 pm #


  4. Charles O. Jones December 9, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Talk about shrinkage…

  5. Trouble December 8, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    Duck hunting in his skivvies? Dumb …!

  6. Mark December 8, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    hmm,, no booze involved?

  7. Wayne Deja December 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    I was listening to this rescue on my police scanner……glad it looks like he’ll be O.K…….but can’t figure out to why he was only wearing underwear in sub-freezing temperatures on a cold,windy snowy December evening……out on a boat.

    • Desert Tortoise December 10, 2013 at 8:19 am #

      Fishing for trowser trout but couldn’t find anything large enough to keep.


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