Brother Helps Save 8-Year-Old Girl

By Emma Koch

Credit: The Journal Gazette

Brother Helps Save 8-Year-Old Girl

March 4, 2013 Updated Mar 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- An 8-year-old girl fell through two-inches of ice covering a pond into freezing water Saturday, but her brother helped save her life.

Sammy Buuck fell through the ice about 10 feet from the shore into a 9-foot-deep fishing pond. According to our partners in news, The Journal Gazette, Sammy struggled to stay above water.

Her brother Tony heard her screaming for help and immediately headed out to help his sister. He also fell through the ice and tried to instruct his sister to float on her back but she had lost consciousness. He grabbed her coat hood and yelled for help.

The children's father, Dale, rushed out to help and spread his weight across the ice using a ladder but ultimately also fell through the ice. Dale grabbed Tony and managed his way to the shore.

When they reached the shore, Dale turned back to retrieve Sammy but realized Tony had never let go of her coat hood and she was with them at the shore.

Dale started CPR on his young daughter while Tony called 911. All 3 were transported to the ER and treated for hypothermia, frostbite and cuts and bruises. Sammy was in critical condition but has since recovered and was released Sunday.

The family says they had already established the rule with the children, not to get on the ice unless their father had made sure it was safe, but they will not have a life preserver and rope nearby.

For the full story and interview, visit The Journal Gazette.

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