Man rescued after stepping off the ice and falling on Nottingham Lake |

Man rescued after stepping off the ice and falling on Nottingham Lake

Geraldine Haldner
Shane Macomber/Vail DailyIt took firefighters and rescue personnel between 20 and 30 minutes to resuce an unidentified man who fell into Nottingham Lake in Avon Monday evening.

Rescue workers rushed to Nottingham Lake in Avon Monday evening, after a “screaming female” alerted authorites to a man who had fallen into the open water at the center of the otherwise frozen lake.The man’s condition and identity were unknown Monday night.Firefighters, police and medical emergency workers rushed to the lake to execute a water rescue shortly after 8:20 p.m., according to scanner reports.Firefighters and rescue personnel secured the scene and two “fully-trained ice rescue technicians went into the water and recovered the person,” said Kevin Rindy, a battalion chief with the Eagle River Fire Protection District. The entire rescue, from the first report to the recovery of the man onto a waiting ambulance, took between 20 and 30 minutes, Eagle River Fire Proection District Chief Charlie Moore estimated.Rescuers reported a pulse on the man at the time of the recovery, according to dispatch reports, but fire officials were later unable to confirm if the man, who was rushed to the Vail Valley Medical Center shortly after 8:45 p.m., was alive. The medical center does not release information on people treated at the emergency room.”He appeared to just be a sole person by himself, walking,” Moore said, adding that the man, believed to be in his 30s, had made his way through ropes marking off an approximately 30-by-30-foot hole at the center of the lake that remains free of ice. It is unknown why he decided to walk across the ice to the center of the lake, Moore said.While firefighters continued securing the lake surface as well as its banks following the rescue, officials said they were confident the man was alone and no other victims remained in the water.”When we recovered the first victim, we found only one set of footprints. Based on that, we believe there is only one victim,” Moore said, adding that the man, who was not wearing ice skates, did not appear to be on the lake in connection with the town’s seasonal ice skating rink.Nottingham Lake, located just west of the Avon Recreation Center, is a popular gathering spot throughout the year for running, walking and other recreational activities. During the winter, Avon operates an open ice skating in a secured area near the town’s log cabin, where skate rentals and concessions are available. Moore said the last time a person was rescued from the lake was approximately 20 years ago. That person, he said, did not survive their fall into the icy water.Vail Colorado

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