Man rescued after falling through ice at Belle Park

A man was rescued after falling through the ice at Belle Park on Saturday morning. Photo via Frontenac Paramedics.

A man is in stable condition after falling through the ice on Saturday morning at Belle Park in Kingston’s north end.

Frontenac Paramedics, Kingston Fire & Rescue and Kingston Police all responded to a report that the man, and possibly a second person, had fallen through the ice shortly after 11 a.m.

When first responders arrived, one person had been able to climb back out of the water and was treated by paramedics before being taken to Kingston General Hospital. Meanwhile, Kingston Fire & Rescue searched the area for any evidence of a possible second victim. 18 firefighters responded with rescue apparatus and wildland equipment for the search. One firefighter sustained a minor injury during the search effort. A follow-up interview with victim convinced Kingston Police that there was only one person involved and the search was called off.

“Paramedics cared for an adult male that had gone through the ice near Belle Park. He is in stable condition. Thanks to our partners KFR and KPD for their help with search and rescue,” said Frontenac Paramedics following the incident.

With the rising March temperatures, Kingston Fire & Rescue is cautioning residents from venturing out onto the ice. “An important reminder this weekend: no ice is safe ice! Conditions on all ice can change in an instant. Kingston Fire & Rescue asks all residents to treat ice-covered waterways as dangerous. You cannot judge the strength of ice by looking at it.”

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