Five-year-old boys fall into icy dugout in rural Saskatchewan

Two five-year-old boys had to be treated for mild hypothermia after falling into an icy dugout in east-central Saskatchewan.

HYAS, Sask. — Two five-year-old boys had to be treated for mild hypothermia after falling into an icy dugout in east-central Saskatchewan.

RCMP say five youngsters were playing outside on a rural property near Hyas (HYE’-ahss) on Monday when they climbed a fence surrounding the dugout.

Police say the man-made watering hole was being aerated and its ice cover was thin as a result.

Two of the boys fell into a hole in the ice and started going under.

Two other boys grabbed them and held on, while the youngest ran for help.

Two of the boys’ mothers came running and were able to pull the boys to safety.

Elsewhere in Saskatchewan, two people got a chilling dip when their all-terrain vehicle broke through ice on a lake.

A man and a woman, both in their early 20s, were on Last Mountain Lake near Regina Beach on Tuesday when their machine plunged into the frigid water.

They managed to scramble out and get to a fishing shack to change into dry clothes.

Police are reminding everyone to be aware of dugouts and other bodies of water that may have thin ice.

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