EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - A 13-year-old male victim of a drowning under the ice in the East Brunswick Municipal Pond was pronounced deceased at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital as of 7:45 Wednesday evening.
During the rescue efforts, six officers and two firefighters were treated for hypothermia. Two of those officers and one of the firefighters were transported to the hospital. One other officer responding to the incident was involved in a motor vehicle accident and transported to the hospital, says a report issued by the East Brunswick Police Department.
On Jan. 22, at approximately 4:55 p.m., patrol units responded to the pond located on Civic Center Drive for the report of juveniles that fell through the ice.
It was quickly learned that two male juveniles had successfully self-rescued themselves off of the ice, but one juvenile remained in the water. Arriving officers immediately formed a chain and entered the pond in an effort to rescue the victim, but he slipped under the ice before they could reach him.
All East Brunswick Fire Districts were dispatched and were able recover the 13-year-old victim from the pond. Paramedics and Emergency Medical Personnel transported him to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in critical condition.