ARLINGTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — First responders in Arlington recommended skaters seek out indoor rinks over hopping onto a frozen pond, after police said they made three ice rescues over the weekend.
Arlington Police said they responded to Spy Pond multiple times for reports of ice skaters who had fallen through the ice.
Police said that during one of the incidents near Hamilton Road, Officer Mike Hogan found a 50-year-old Cambridge man clinging to the edge of the ice while treading water. Officials said that Hogan threw a rope for the man with the assistance of a bystander and another officer, bringing him to safety and to his family.
Four hours later, officials said that two other incidents had occurred, one of which was in the same location as the first. Those victims were transported to Mount Auburn Hospital where they recovered.
Police said that after the incidents they put up barricades at several entrances at Spy Pond to prevent people from going out onto the ice.
"We advise community members to never go out on frozen bodies of water as it’s difficult to tell how thick ice is which can be extremely dangerous,” Arlington Police Chief Juliann Flaherty. Officials went on to recommend that residents look into skating at Ed Burns Ice Rink instead as a safe skating alternative.
WBZ's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports.