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4 youths rescued from icy lakes in Shelby Twp.

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Shelby Township emergency personnel rescued four youths who fell through ice-covered lakes hours apart on Valentine’s Day.

Officers from the township police and fire departments were called to the Arrowhead subdivision on a report Tuesday afternoon that a child had plunged into Iroquois Lake, authorities said in a statement.

A traffic sergeant who arrived first on the scene near Algonquin and Hiawatha spotted the youth in the middle of the lake then “shed his equipment and grabbed a life ring from a neighboring residence and walked onto the ice,” the release read. The sergeant “got close enough to throw the child the ring before falling into the broken ice himself.”

Another arriving officer helped pull the rope while the sergeant lifted the teen from “chest-high” water, police reported.

The officers learned that another 15-year-old who had fallen in was already on shore.

Both teens were transported to a hospital in Clinton Township. Their conditions were not released Tuesday night.

Within four hours, about five miles away, township fire crews were rushing to a similar rescue. Someone called 911 at about 7 p.m. to report a 14-year-old boy and his 2-year-old sister had slipped through thin ice on Crystal Lake near 23 Mile and Dequindre, Battalion Chief Joe Selakowski said.

The department’s dive team arrived within minutes and reached the pair about 150 feet from shore, in frigid water estimated to be at least 12 feet deep, Selakowski said.

The siblings were hauled out and rushed to Beaumont Hospital in Troy, he said.

They both underwent treatment for hypothermia but were “doing fine” by 11 p.m., Selakowski added. “As rescues go, you couldn’t ask for a better outcome.”