Just before we entered the new year, firefighters were saving two men from a frigid pond.
According to the Hanson Fire Department, at 10:35 p.m., the Hanson Emergency Communications Center received a report of people yelling from the area of the water on Maquan Pond.
Crews arrived on scene to find two male parties approximately 100 yards off shore in an open water area holding on to a capsized vessel. Firefighters in survival suits deployed an ice rescue sled and were able to reach the parties that were in the cold water for an unknown amount of time. The combination of ice and open water made the rescue difficult according to Chief Jerome Thompson.
“The coordinated effort of fire and police personnel on scene to pull the firefighters and victims to shore contributed to this positive outcome.”
Both men were transported to South Shore Hospital for exposure by Hanover and Pembroke Ambulances. A Whitman Ambulance was called to standby and evaluate the firefighters that performed the rescue. The fire department was assisted at the scene by Hanson Police.