Boy, 6, dies after falling through ice in Airdrie
10-year-old brother who also plunged through ice is in stable condition
A young boy is dead and his brother is in hospital after the pair fell through the ice into a canal in the Airdrie, Alta., community of Bayside.
A neighbour in the community north of Calgary called 911 around 1:25 p.m. to report seeing two children falling through the ice. EMS, Airdrie Fire and RCMP rushed to the scene and pulled the two boys from the water.
"I don't know how long they were in the water," said RCMP Cpl. Curtis Peters. "I know that the call came in really quickly and the emergency crews responded. It's not too terribly far from the nearest fire station there."
According to EMS, the younger of the two — a six-year-old boy — was flown to Alberta Children's Hospital by STARS Air Ambulance in critical condition but succumbed to his injuries shortly after.
The boy's 10-year-old brother was taken to hospital by ground ambulance in stable condition with concerns of hypothermia. RCMP say he remains in hospital with his family.
Peters is asking people to be cautious around waterways and ice.
"With the melting waters coming into these drainage ponds, the ice is very unstable, it's not the same as a flat and stale body of water like a lake," he said. "Please stay off of the ice."