2 pairs of kids rescued from Shelby Township lakes after falling through ice in separate incidents

Officials rescue 2 children from Iroquois Lake, Crystal Lake


SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Four children were rescued from lakes in Shelby Township Tuesday after two separate instances in which they fell through ice, officials said.

On Tuesday afternoon, two boys were taken to the hospital after they fell through the ice on Iroquois Lake near Iroquois Lane and Shawnee Point.

Authorities said one of the boys was in the middle of the lake in the water when they arrived. A sergeant from the Traffic Services Bureau walked onto the ice and threw the child a life ring.

While the sergeant was throwing the child the life ring, the sergeant broke through ice, as well.

Another officer arrived and found that a second child had fallen into the lake and was already on the shore.

The second officer pulled the life rope to the shore and the first officer, who was chest-high in the water, helped the boy hang on as he was pulled to safety.

The boys, both 15 years old, were taken to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital for treatment.

Around 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, officials announced a brother and sister were rescued from Crystal Lake, near 23 Mile and Dequindre roads in Shelby Township.

A police officer and a bystander tried to swim out and rescue a boy who was in the water, but couldn't bring him back to the shore.

A firefighter dressed in a cold water exposure suit swam out and found a boy holding his younger sister in the water. Both children were taken safely to shore and taken to William Beaumont Hospital in Troy.

The children are currently being treated.