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Dashcam video shows rescue of children who fell through ice in Shelby Township

4 children fall through ice in 2 separate incidents

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Four children fell through ice into lakes in Shelby Township on Tuesday -- two in the Iroquois Lake and two in the Crystal Lake.

All four children are going to be OK, thanks to quick action by Shelby Township police and firefighters.

Police dashcam video shows how the rescue at Crystal Lake went down.

For the second time Tuesday, Shelby Township officers were called to a lake on a report that two children had fallen through the ice.

An officer drove his squad car down a hill around 6:35 p.m. and saw a 14-year-old boy in the water with his 2-year-old sister.

"He had his arms around her," the officer said. "He saved both their lives."

Shelby Township police tried to get to the children, but the water was too deep. Firefighters got to the scene and, within a minute and 40 seconds, a firefighter in a wet suit got the children out of the water.

Three hours earlier, two 15-year-old boys who had been walking a dog across Lake Iroquois fell in the water. Shelby Township officers responded to the scene and made the rescue.

A sergeant threw a life ring to a boy in the water. The teen grabbed it and the sergeant fell through the ice while pulling him out. Another officer arrived and pulled the teen and the sergeant out of the water.

"Once we had gotten him to safety, we discovered there was another young man," the officer said. "We got him some medical attention, as well."

All of the children are expected to be OK, police said.


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