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Seven-Year-Old Drowning Victim Pulled From River

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CONKLIN, N.Y. -

A seven-year-old boy was not breathing when he was pulled from the Susquehanna River, according to a Conklin Fire Official, after Police reports of "a child trapped under the ice."

The Broome County Sheriff's Department responded to 132 Stillwater Road in the Town of Conklin around 5:50 p.m. on March 19.

Sgt. Shaun Carnevale determined the boy had fallen into the river and was trapped under ice, according to the BCSD.

Conklin Fire Chief Bill Gorman said his unit received a call about one victim trapped in the water and another child trying to pull the victim out. When they arrived on the scene, one child was in their home trying to warm up, according to Gorman.

"The second victim was under the water and out of sight," said Gorman.

Any ice rescue is risky

— Bill Gorman

Gorman said he walked out onto the ice and grabbed onto the victim's coat, but lost it. The body continued to travel farther down the river.

Emergency Officials brought out an ice sled with a grappling hook according to Gorman.

Conklin Assistant Fire Chief Nick Platt eventually located the victim farther down the river and went into the water and pulled the boy out, according to Officials.

At around 6:30 p.m., Officials reported the "drowning victim" was being transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital, where Gorman said Medical Officials were performing CPR.

Broome County Sheriff's detectives are investigating the incident.