1 of 4 boys who fell into icy Maryland pond dies

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Posted: Jan 27, 2015 12:53 PM

LANSDOWNE, Md. (AP) — One of four boys who fell into an icy pond outside Baltimore over the weekend has died, authorities said Tuesday.

Kyron Aikens, 13, died sometime Monday night or early Tuesday morning while being treated in the pediatric intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said Cpl. John Wachter, a spokesman for Baltimore County Police Department.

Kyron and three other boys, ages 8 to 12, fell through ice into a pond Sunday afternoon in a park near a high school. Bystanders pulled a 12-year-old boy from the water, while the two other boys made it to the shore on their own.

Witnesses said that almost immediately after falling through the ice, Kyron went under the water, said Lt. Norm Simpkins Jr. of the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department, one of the first responders at the scene.

"They said he went in and they did not see him come up at all," Simpkins said. "He never resurfaced."

Rescue crews in boats combed the murky, 8-foot-deep pond using poles in hopes of finding Kyron before divers arrived and joined the search underwater, Simpkins said.

He said one of his crew members found Kyron using a pole, and that a diver brought him up soon after that.

Kyron was pulled from the water unconscious and in cardiac arrested about 80 minutes after crews were first dispatched to the scene, according to a Baltimore County police timeline of the rescue.

Simpkins said it was unclear why Kyron was unable to make it out of the water, adding that it may be that the teen didn't know how to swim or that he got trapped beneath the ice and couldn't find an opening in time.

The boy saved by bystanders, 12-year-old Chive Omar Benjamin, also was in cardiac arrest after being rescued and remained in serious condition Tuesday at Johns Hopkins. The other two boys were released from the hospital Monday.