PARK CITY — Two men are being called heros after they rescued a boy who fell through ice on a lake last week.
Kyle Webster, 4, apparently wandered away from a baby sitter to a small lake near the South Shore subdivision, Park City fire spokeswoman Shawn Winder said. About 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, resident Terry Bixler and Rick Mansfield, West Valley City, who was laying tile at Bixler's house, saw the boy's head bobbing up and down in the water.
They ran to him. "He was so cold he couldn't move," Bixler said.
Bixler laid down to distribute his weight on the thin ice, but heard the ice crack and swallowed a mouthful of lake water, he said. He didn't fall all the way in. Mansfield helped him up.
But as moments passed, the water saturated and weighed down the boy's coat, dragging the boy deeper into the water. "We could see he was going down pretty rapidly," Bixler said.
They spotted Webster's kiddie shovel on the ice. They handed it to the boy, but his fingers were so cold he couldn't grab it. Bixler pulled the boy to the edge of the ice, then grabbed his coat and pulled him out of the water.
They ran to Bixler's house, took off Webster's wet clothes, wrapped him in blankets and called 911. He was taken by ambulance to Primary Children's Medical Center and released later that day.