Arlington man rescued after falling through ice while skating

The man and his wife, who was trying to help him, were treated for hypothermia.

A couple was treated for hypothermia after a man fell through thin ice on Spy Pond in Arlington, behind 4 Deveraux St., around 4:45 p.m. Monday while the two were ice skating, police said.

The man was said to have fallen through the ice about 100 yards from the shore, according to police. When emergency crews arrived, they found the 68-year-old holding onto a piece of broken ice. His wife was there trying to help him.

A police officer gave the man a piece of rope to hold onto until firefighters arrived wearing water rescue suits. One jumped into the water while rescuers brought out the department’s water rescue sled, which they used to get the man to shore.


The couple was brought to Mount Auburn Hospital, and police say they’re expected to recover.

“Rapid response time matched with the right training and equipment made the difference in this instance, and we are very grateful that the ice skater was able to be rescued safely,” Arlington Police Chief Julie Flaherty said in a statement.

Officials noted that while it’s been cold recently, it hasn’t been for long enough of a time for the ice to be thick enough for skating.