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Father and son rescue wife after falling through Calgary Lake Ice – Calgary

A woman recovers after falling through ice on a lake in southeast Calgary Saturday morning.

The Calgary Fire Department said a worker was operating a tractor when it fell through ice on the lake in the Midnapore neighborhood.

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The Calgary fire said they had been called to the scene and when the crews arrived they saw people helping a worker who had fallen through the ice while operating a utility vehicle.

The Calgary fire said the worker was clearing the ice on the machine when it broke through and fell into about 10 feet of water.

“It was quite shocking to see someone here where I watch out every day and just struggle to survive. It was kind of weird, ”said Jack Getzlaf.

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Jack, 21, said he and his father, Michael Getzlaf, were at their home near the lake when they saw the ice removal vehicle begin to sink into the lake.

“Just a crazy thing,” said Jack. “(It) crashed right through and started to sink, so my dad and I immediately went to get help from the neighbors and (got) whatever extension cord we could find.”

A Calgary worker fell through ice at a community lake while operating a tractor on Saturday, December 19, 2020.

Carolyn Kury de Castillo, Global News

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The father and son ran out onto the lake with the extension cord and tossed it to the woman in the closed cab as it slowly began to sink.

“She managed to sit very cleverly on the edge of the ice with her legs in the water. She was obviously shocked and very cold, “said Michael.

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“We were able to bring the extension cord over to her and she did a great job of pulling herself and moving her legs to get herself out.”

Ambulance said the worker was a woman in her twenties and had been taken to Rockyview General Hospital in a stable, non-life-threatening condition with no hypothermia concerns.

“When your body goes into shock and it’s so cold, it’s hard to even think properly, so of course she needed help as soon as she got out. They took it out and made sure it was warm, ”Jack said.

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Michael said he and his son didn’t think twice about running out to save the woman.

“I didn’t think about it that much back then and the ice is pretty thick, it’s just kind of a freak thing,” he said. “The ice is thick. I just don’t know why it would go through there. I think it’s a pretty heavy little machine. “

The Fire Department Water Rescue Team, Calgary Police and Alberta Health Services were also on site along with the fire departments.

Calgary Fire said the tractor will likely stay at the bottom of the lake until it can be pulled out in the spring.

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Calgarians are encouraged to stay away from bodies of water such as rivers, community lakes, and storm ponds as the ice can be dangerous.

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