FORT WAYNE – An 8-year-old girl’s father and brother rescued her from a pond north of Fort Wayne after she fell through the ice and nearly drowned Saturday, according to Indiana conservation officers.
Samantha Buuck was walking near the frozen pond behind her house on Tonkel Road, north of Schlatter Road, shortly before 1 p.m. when she went onto the ice.
After falling through, she struggled to stay above water and started calling for help. Her 12-year-old brother, Anthony, was outside nearby and heard her calls. He jumped into the water, reached his sister and began yelling for help, conservation officers said.
Their father, Dale Buuck, was in the house when he heard his son and right away came to help. Dale went into the water and pushed Anthony and Samantha into the shallows, and then Anthony was able to get himself and Samantha to the shore.
Anthony performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on his sister until his father got out of the water and took over. Anthony then went inside and called 911. Dale performed CPR until paramedics and firefighters arrived, conservation officers said.
Samantha was taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center in critical condition. She was underwater for an estimated 2 minutes, but she is expected to recover, according to conservation officers.
Her father and brother were also taken to Parkview to be treated for hypothermia.
Conservation officers urged residents not to venture onto frozen lakes or ponds unless there is four inches of clear ice. Wearing a life jacket while on the ice is recommended.