Teen falls through ice, sparks warning to use caution

Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 5:34 PM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - One young man got very lucky after he fell through the ice on Lake Shawnee Friday afternoon.

The Shawnee Heights Fire District says firefighters were called to just after 4 p.m. to the area north of Ted Ensley Garden on the lake’s west side.

Battalion Chief Ken Balsmeier says a passerby saw a teenager fall through the ice, and called 911. He was able to get himself out before rescuers arrived.

Shawnee Co. Park Police officers also responded. Police said the teen was about 50 feet away from the shoreline.

Balsmeier said the incident is a reminder that ice is never 100 percent safe, especially with the warmer temperatures the area saw this week.

“There’s been ice with the cold weather but it started warming up and it’s starting to melt,” he said. “It’s really hard to tell how thick is the ice is, so anytime you go out on it, you run the risk that you hit that weak spot or you hit that thin spot and you go through - especially closer to shore.”

13 NEWS was on the scene and saw the teen being warmed by crews.

Police told 13 NEWS the teen was taken to the hospital, but he should be okay.

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.

Shawnee Park Police echoed the sentiments of the Fire District and warned residents to steer clear of ice.

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