3 rescued from New Jersey ice

A woman and two teens were rescued from the ice in Middletown, New Jersey.


MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (CNN) – A woman and two teens who were trapped on ice were pulled to safety Tuesday in Middletown, New Jersey.

Two rescuers make their way through the choppy frozen waters of Sandy hook Bay, pulling out a woman stranded on ice. Strapping her on a rescue sled, they glide her over chunks of ice trying not to get trapped in the frozen water. Finally, she makes to shore and to safety.

“It was a little chilly. It was hard work. It’s a lot of slush. The ice is all broken so it floats around. Luckily today it wasn’t windy. If it’s windy, the ice sometimes moves even more,” said rescuer Jack Huston. “The whole thing is no ice is safe ice and people just got to stay off the ice.”

The woman and two other people somehow ended up on a jetty in the bay. Not sure why they were here, but rescue workers also helped them walk across the chunks of ice.

Emergency officials say all three are doing okay and are very lucky they didn’t fall through and get trapped under the ice.

“I think it is a really dumb idea. You shouldn’t be going out there,” said Justin Santiago, New Middletown resident.

The girl was taken to the hospital with signs of hypothermia. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the water was 30 degrees at the time of the accident.

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