Youngsters find out it is prudent to stay off ice pans

Brian McInnis
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Charlottetown firefighters take two youngsters off ice pan

As long as there have been kids, there have been kids who love to hitch rides on ice pans and sometimes they need to be rescued as was the case Sunday near the wooden bridge over Andrew's Creek at the end of Acadian Drive in Charlottetown.

Firefighters Bobby Chandler and Adam Burke from Station #1 took the station's ice rescue boat and paddled out to the pan to get the youngsters, both nine-years-old, and take them back to shore. After they donned life jackets they were taken off the ice.

They were checked by Island EMS, but were a not injured, but were a bit scared. Two of their friends made it back to shore before the pan drifted away.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • Stan Hope
    March 28, 2016 - 18:42

    Way to go,my old buddy Bobby Chandler ... great job !!! Adam Burke & all volunteer firefighters as well.They often don't receive that tip of the cap & a pat on the back.

  • Angus
    March 28, 2016 - 14:29

    Stomping ice cakes, i remember doing that in Charlottetown Harbour - brings back memories. How many times did you fall in and then lie to your parents about what happened? Probably got your butt tanned as well, though that's not politically correct these days. Remember skating on government pond, visiting the bottomless well in Victoria Park and diving off the roof of the old bathing houses next to the cannons? Good times and we never even knew we were living dangerously. I pity the kids today who missed it all and now sit in front of computers or go to malls to take selfies. It's kind of sad.

  • The mother
    March 28, 2016 - 09:59

    The children weren't trying to play on the ice. They thought they were on the bank when the ice started to break. Also, these two were not checked out by EMS. They sat in the ambulance for a few mins but weren't checked out. Thank you, however, to everyone who was invoked in their rescue, from the bottom of our hearts.