BLACKSBURG, VA – Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad (BVRS) responded today to an ice rescue at the Foxridge Pond. Crews were dispatched at 2:02 PM for two children that had reportedly fallen through ice while walking across the pond. EMS, technical rescue, and water rescue crews immediately responded to the scene. Mutual Aid was also requested from Longshop-McCoy Fire/Rescue of the New River Valley Water Rescue Assiciation. A witness getting off a bus saw two children playing on the pond and witnessed one fall though the ice.
Upon arriving at the scene crews made contact with Blacksburg Police and Fire units who were in contact with the victims. Water Rescue Technicians donned protective equipment and worked across the ice to reach the victims on a small island in the middle of the pond. The crew began warming the patients and transported them one at a time across the ice using a rope system and stokes basket. Each patient was transported individually to LewisGale Hospital at Montgomery.