Taneytown teen dies after fall through ice CARROLL COUNTY

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

One of two Taneytown teen-agers who fell through thin ice on a pond behind a rod and gun club on Stumptown Road died early today at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Elaine Freeman, spokeswoman for the hospital said Ratsmy Keosonbath, 14, died at 3:30 a.m. today at the pediatric intensive care unit from the effects of being under the water for at least 20 minutes.

The girl and her playmate, Gregory Haller, also 14, were pulled from the pond behind the Taneytown Rod and Gun Club shortly after 5 p.m. yesterday after falling through the half-inch thick ice about 50 feet from the shore.

The girl was rescued by members of the Taneytown Fire Department and flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital by a state police helicopter and was listed in critical condition before dying.

Young Haller was rescued by Scott Ruby, a friend who accompanied the victims to the pond.

He was taken by ambulance to the Carroll County General, where he was treated for hypothermia and released.

Taneytown police said the accident occurred about 5 p.m. when the three teens were playing around the 12-foot-deep pond. Young Haller and the girl 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. They ran back, and young Ruby went out onto the ice and rescued the Haller youth.

L The girl had slipped from young Haller's grasp, police said.

"The boy had ahold of the girl, but he couldn't hold on to her," said Taneytown Fire Chief Jim Salley. "He was starting to lose it himself."

Taneytown fire and rescue crews arrived after Gregory Haller was brought to shore. Emergency crews, using a boat borrowed from a neighbor, rescued the girl.

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

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