Two teen-agers rescued after fall through ice CARROLL COUNTY

February 09, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Two Taneytown teen-agers who fell through thin ice on a pond were rescued and taken to area hospitals last night, one by state police MedEvac helicopter.

One of the victims, a girl who authorities said is 14 years old, was flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital after a Taneytown rescue crew pulled her from the cold water of the pond, on property the town just bought from the Taneytown Rod and Gun Club on Stumptown Road.

The girl, who was identified as Ratsmy Keosonbath, had been underwater for about 20 minutes, said Taneytown police Officer Daniel White.

She was listed in critical condition at Hopkins late last night.

Her companion, 14-year-old Gregory Haller, also fell through the ice and was rescued by a third youth, Scott Ruby, who had accompanied them to the pond.

The Haller youth was taken to Carroll County General Hospital to be treated for hypothermia and was released last night.

Taneytown police said the accident occurred about 5 p.m. when the three teens were playing around the pond.

The Haller youth and Miss Keosonbath walked out about 50 feet onto the half-inch-thick ice, leaving the Ruby youth on the shore.

When the ice broke, the Ruby youth ran to the girl's home nearby, called 911 and asked her 19-year-old brother for help. Both of them ran back, and the Ruby youth went out on the ice and rescued the Haller youth.

"The [Haller] boy had ahold of the girl, but he couldn't hold on to her," said Taneytown Fire Chief Jim Salley.

Taneytown emergency crews arrived after the Haller youth was rescued. The crews, using a neighbor's boat, rescued Miss Keosonbath.

"We got her out with some poles," Chief Salley said. "We were lucky. We found her on the first try."

Emergency units from Gamber and Emmitsburg and the Carroll County sheriff's department also responded to the accident.

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