NEW HARMONY, Utah (AP) — A Utah sheriff's deputy says he was desperate and numb from the cold as he punched and stomped his way into a frozen pond to pull out an 8-year-old boy who had fallen through the ice while chasing his dog.
Washington County sheriff's Sgt. Aaron Thompson said Tuesday rescuers believe the child was in the 37-degree water for about 30 minutes on Christmas Day before the deputy rescued him.
Thompson says he "knew that time was of the essence."
Authorities say the boy was taken to a Salt Lake City hospital. They didn't have any immediate details on his condition.
The boy fell through the ice in the town of New Harmony, north of St. George.
Thompson was treated for symptoms of hypothermia and released from a hospital Monday night.