Arundel man, extension cord save teen who fell into icy creek

2nd youth pulls himself from creek in Glen Burnie

January 22, 2003|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

Lief Anderson grabbed his bright-orange extension cord to throw as a lifeline and raced to the community pier Monday afternoon when he saw a 14-year-old plunge into icy Cockey Creek in Pasadena.

An hour earlier, several miles away, another 14-year-old had hoisted himself to safety after briefly being submerged in barely frozen Marley Creek in Glen Burnie.

Both teen-agers narrowly escaped serious injury. But emergency workers fear that as freezing temperatures continue, curious youths - who might not have seen such ice in several years - will keep falling through thinly ice-coated bodies of water in the Baltimore area.

The Anderson family had just returned from shopping when daughter Jaide, 13, spotted a teen-ager shuffling across the ice toward their Riverside Drive home and asked if she could join him, Anderson said.

After unloading his car, Anderson warned his daughter to keep off the ice and kept a close eye on the boy.

"I was worried," he said. "I knew the ice wasn't that thick."

About 20 feet from the northern shore of the creek that feeds the Magothy River, Brian Hart dropped from sight in water nearly 15 feet deep.

Anderson - shouting to his wife, Jamie, to get the Jeep started - ran to his garage to find rope but grabbed an extension cord when he couldn't find any. The couple sped the short distance to the pier, and Anderson tossed Brian the cord.

Although he worried the cord would snap, Anderson pulled the teen to waist-high water, where he was able to break the ice and hobble to shore.

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