Police rescue fisherman who fell through DeKalb pond ice
Officers from three police agencies this morning rescued a 68-year-old man who fell through pond ice while fishing in the 2200 block of DeKalb County Road 23.
DeKalb County sheriff’s deputies and Waterloo and Indiana State Police responded to the report about 11:40 a.m., the DeKalb sheriff’s department said in a statement.
Randall Deetz was submerged in water up to his neck when Deputy Ben Browand arrived, the statement said. It said he told the deputy he had been in the water for 10 to 15 minutes and was losing strength.
Deetz had been holding himself up by a rope tied to a tree, the statement said.
It said Browand found a boat on shore and pushed it as close to Deetz as he could. He then got into the boat and held Deetz above the water until more officers arrived.
Deputy Thomas Olinske got into the boat and assisted with holding Deetz up, and tied the rope to the boat that Deetz was holding, the statement said. It said officers from the Waterloo and Indiana State Police pulled the boat to shore while the other officers held onto Deetz.
Deetz was evaluated by DeKalb EMS, the statement said. Indiana conservation officers also assisted.