John M. Whalen, Fire Chief
77 Hudson Road
Sudbury, MA 01776
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Sudbury Fire Department Performs Ice Rescue after Cross Country Skier Trapped
SUDBURY — Chief John M. Whalen reports that the Sudbury Fire Department rescued a man who fell through the ice on Willis Lake this afternoon.
At 3:36 p.m., Sudbury Public Safety Dispatch received a call from a man who had fallen through the ice while cross country skiing on Willis Lake, but was able to hold onto bushes to keep himself above the water.
Sudbury Fire and Police personnel responded. Upon arrival, three firefighters donned ice rescue suits and went out onto the pond with an ice rescue sled and were subsequently able to rescue the man and bring him to safety.
The man was transported to Emerson Hospital for evaluation.
“This is a great example of our firefighters putting their extensive training to use to help someone in need,” Chief Whalen said.
The Wayland Fire Department provided a mutual aid ambulance during the incident.