• Police: Friends tried to save 8-year-old who drowned after falling through ice-covered pond

    By: Blake Hanson

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    ROWAN CO. - Salisbury police said an 8-year-old boy who fell through ice on a pond Sunday afternoon died.

    Family members told Channel 9 the victim is Kymello McLane.
     
    The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said Salisbury police responded to a drowning call at 700 Lake Drive -- which is Hurley Park -- at 2:39 p.m.

    Within five minutes of dispatch the first emergency personnel arrived on scene, according to police.

    First responders were unable to visually locate the boy initially, police said.

    Members of the Salisbury Fire Department deployed tag lines, put on personal flotation devices and entered the water to search for the boy.

    When additional resources from the fire department arrived, a boat was deployed and crews continued searching the water. That's when they said they quickly found the victim.
     
    The boy was located by emergency personnel within 18 minutes of dispatch, police said. He was stabilized and rushed to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

    Police said the boy had been at the park playing with two 11-year-olds. The boy was walking on the iced-over pond when he fell back and broke through the ice. The two 11-year-olds he was with attempted to reach him with sticks but were unsuccessful, police said.

    Authorities said the two children he was playing with called 911.
     
    Channel 9 spoke with Tony McLane, Kymello's father, by phone.

    "My son is a great son, you know what I'm saying? He was above his time and I love him," McLane said.

    People in the area at the time told Channel 9 they came down to the pond shortly after the rescue began.

    “I just don’t understand, eight years old. I mean, I know kids are going to play and they’re going to do stuff but honestly, eight is awful young to be playing by themselves,” a woman who did not want to be identified told Channel 9.


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