Local fire departments reminding residents to stay off the ice as weather warms up

Hampshire County

Now that the weather is warming up, fire departments are reminding people to stay off the ice. 

A man had to be rescued from Puffers Pond in Amherst Monday night after falling through the ice.     

After a few warm days, the ice has thinned out considerably, but the Amherst fire department said the water underneath is still frigid, and if you fall in, it wouldn’t take long for hypothermia to set in. 

“It’s extremely cold and very dangerous if people fall in,” said Amherst Fire Department Captain Jeff Olmstead. “Fortunately last night there was a bystander who happened to hear the gentleman when he fell in and was able to call 911.”

Police officers had to use a rescue rope Monday night to pull the man out. 
 

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