Teenagers fall through ice at Saugus reservoir

Two teenage boys were taken to Lynn Union Hospital after falling through thin ice at a Saugus reservoir near Walden Pond Avenue this afternoon.

A man out walking his dog saw the boys break through while they were throwing rocks onto the ice at around 3 p.m. and called 911.

Saugus Fire Captain Arthur Sinclair said that the boys had pulled themselves out of the water by the time the fire department arrived. He did not know how long the boys had been in the water, which was about waist deep.


“We wrapped them up in blankets,” he said. “Hypothermia was a worry at that point.”

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Both boys were conscious and talking, though one seemed disoriented, said Sinclair. Firefighters dressed him in an ice rescue suit to warm him up as they walked the half mile through the woods to the road from the reservoir, which Sinclair said is a popular hangout spot for teenagers.

Sinclair said he did not know the condition of the boys, who were not identified.

There is almost no ice on the surface of the reservoir, said Sinclair, except in the shaded cove where the boys were walking.

“I was amazed when we got the call,” he said. “I was going, ‘Where is there even ice?’”


Temperatures this winter have been so mild, Sinclair said, that no one should be walking on ice anywhere.

“There is no ice that is safe this year,” he said. “The weather has been too crazy hot and cold. There is no safe ice.”

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