CLEAR LAKE — An 11-year-old boy who was rescued by a 10-year-old friend after plunging through lake ice into bone-chilling water said he thought he was going to die.

Ashton Eckenrod was rescued from Clear Lake in northern Iowa by his friend who was identified only by his first name, Tanner.

Ashton said that he'd been on the iced-over lake before and had never had any trouble until Friday.

Ashton saids he kept his hands on the ice after he went in, and then Tanner grabbed one of his hands and pulled him out.

Ashton said, “I'm never taking a step on that ice again.”

— AP

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Please keep it clean, turn off CAPS LOCK and don't threaten anyone. Be truthful, nice and proactive. And share with us - we love to hear eyewitness accounts.

You must be a digital subscriber to view this article.