MILWAUKIE, Ore. -- Three kids fell through the ice at a Milwaukie pond Monday afternoon, prompting a search and rescue operation, officials said.
A homeless man reported that he heard something like ice breaking and then people screaming for help near the Minthorn North Natural Area at 11300 SE 37th Ave. around 5:00 p.m., according to Officer Ulrike Neitch of Milwaukie police.
He said he had heard several kids playing near the water before he heard the cries for help.
When rescue crews arrived at the scene, they learned that six kids between the ages of 12 and 13 were playing on the pond. Three fell into the water near the shore but were able to get out of the pond before crews arrived.
All children were safe and accounted for Monday night, Neitch said.
"This is our best case scenario," said rescue swimmer Pat DeLair.
"Water is a dangerous thing to begin with," added Brandon Paxton of Clackamas Fire. "Throw in these frigid temperatures on top of it and it becomes incredibly deadly very quickly."