Illinois police rescue drowning child in icy pond, mother says she thought her son ‘wouldn’t be here’

Police in a Chicago suburb rescued a child who drowned in an icy pond on Wednesday.

The 9-year-old child fell into an icy retention pond around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday while trying to get a football, according to the Aurora Police Department. When the officers arrived at the scene, they saw that an adult woman also went into the pond to save the child from drowning.

Officers entered the pond and rescued both the woman and child and brought them back to shore, officials said in a Facebook post.

The 9-year-old was sent to a local hospital with minor injuries after the incident, in addition to two police officers who rescued the child in the pond.

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Police in a Chicago suburb rescued a child who drowned in an icy pond on Wednesday.

Police in a Chicago suburb rescued a child who drowned in an icy pond on Wednesday.
(Aurora Police Department)

All persons have been discharged from area hospitals.

In body camera video released by the police department, officers can be seen using a water rescue kit to bring both the child and the adult back to shore while two officers went into the water.

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The 9-year-old child fell into an icy retention pond around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday while trying to get a football, according to the Aurora Police Department.  When the officers arrived at the scene, they saw that an adult woman also went into the pond to save the child from drowning.

The 9-year-old child fell into an icy retention pond around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday while trying to get a football, according to the Aurora Police Department. When the officers arrived at the scene, they saw that an adult woman also went into the pond to save the child from drowning.
(Aurora Police Department)

In an interview released by the police department, the mother of the child who drowned said she thought her “son wouldn’t be here” when she saw him drown.

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Mother and child are pictured.

Mother and child are pictured.
(Aurora Police Department)

“I want to thank all the people who saved him,” the mother said.

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