TRAVELERS REST, SC (WSPA) – Two young girls were rescued from a frozen pond in Travelers Rest on Monday, according to Greenville Co. Sheriff’s Office.
It happened at a pond within the Glastonburry Village subdivision.
According to the North Greenville Fire Department, the girls were sledding down a grass embankment when the sleds skidded toward the middle of the pond.
A neighbor told 7 News she saw the children treading water, and asked her father-in-law to call for help.
“We heard them screaming and heard them say, ‘Call 9-1-1,'” said Jessica Patterson who lives in the house across the street.
Dispatch confirmed the call was received around 1:07 p.m.
Patterson said that she and her father-in-law tried to throw the girls an extension chord, but couldn’t get it to them.
“We threw it out again but he didn’t have the end of it, so the extension chord went sliding across,” she said. “And that’s when I was like, oh no, what we are we going to do now?”
Two firefighters at the North Greenville Fire Dept. arrived on the scene and threw the girls a rope so they could pull them in.
“They had been in the water for a few minutes and in those temperatures, they were losing strength,” explained Lieutenant Nolan Gravely. “They weren’t going to be able to hold on to the ice much longer, so we knew we had to hurry.”
North Greenville firefighter Dakota Matheney tossed the rope and began pulling the two to the embankment.
A deputy with the Greenville County Sheriff’s office also helped with the rescue.
According to Lt. Gravely, a third child was also on land when emergency response arrived, and all three were taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Fire officials told 7 News the two children showed signs of the early stages of hypothermia, but are expected to be okay.