Boy falls through ice at Kiwanis Park; flown to Seattle for treatment

YAKIMA POLICE NEWS RELEASE -- At 1636 hrs today the Yakima Fire Department, the Yakima Police Department and ALS Ambulance responded to a report of someone who had broken through the ice in the pond at Kiwanis Park located in the 1600 block of East Maple Street in Yakima.

It was reported that four boys ages 12 to 14 years, were playing on the ice when it broke they all fell in the water. Three of the boys were able to swim to shore but one was not able to make it. The three attempted to rescue the boy but could not reach him. A bystander then attempted to make a rescue but also was not able to reach the victim. They then called 911. Yakima Police officers Esther Cyr and Gary Garza arrived on scene first and entered the water to attempt rescue. They were then assisted by Sargent Tim Bardwell who was able to swim out and reach the victim. Canine officer Mark Mckinney arrived on scene and used his dog leash to throw to Officer Bardwell. The officers then pulled the victim and Sargeant Bardwell to shore. Officers Cyr and Garza then started CPR on the patient until ambulance and fire personnel were able to take over.

Three patients were being treated for hypothermia at Memorial Hospital at the time of this report. It was reported that the fourth patient was being flown to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. His condition was not known at the time of this report.

There were no other injuries reported.