CANAAN, NH–Today December 30, at approximately 10:32 AM, Officer Matthew Bunten of the Canaan Police Department was checking the lock on the doors of the Canaan Street beach house. When he pulled into the parking lot, he noticed two people ice skating out on the lake. He then checked the lock and when he looked back out onto the ice, he noticed the two skaters had fallen through the ice out near the middle of the lake. He immediately notified Hanover Dispatch and started a full water rescue response.
Units from Canaan Police Department, Canaan Fire Department, Canaan Ambulance, Lebanon Fire Department, Hanover Fire Department and Hartford Vermont Fire Department were dispatched to Canaan Street Lake in the area public beach.
Members of the Canaan emergency services deployed two rescue sleds and four personnel in cold water survival suits and ultimately rescued both the female subjects whom had been in the water for approximately 30 minutes. Members of the Lebanon Fire Department also put on survival suits and assisted in bringing the two women back to shore uninjured. They were both transported to the hospital and treated for hypothermia and are expected to make a full recovery.
First responders remind everyone that the ice is extremely dangerous and still very thin.
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