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January 2nd, 2013
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Dramatic ice rescue caught on tape; rescuer Mickey Herman helps sledders out from icy water

This morning we bring you a dramatic ice rescue caught on tape and a rescuer who took part in it. Caught on camera Christmas day, a sledder fell into an icy lake in Wrightwood, California, now closed until spring. Several people came to his aid, but fell into the ice one after another. Mickey Herman and his wife were on the shore when they witnessed this dramatic turn of events. He was able to toss a rope into the lake and help call 911. After almost 9 minutes, everyone made it out of the frozen lake and is doing well. His wife shot the video. Mickey Herman joins us live from Los Angeles this morning.

Herman explains the whole experience as it unfolded. His wife just happened to be “playing with the camera” she had gotten for Christmas and was filming when the sledder fell into the ice. “I remembered I had about a 5-foot rope under the seat of my car. I ran up to the car, got the rope, ran back down, uncoiled it, threw it out and I was coming about seven feet short from getting the rope to the guy,” Herman describes. “At that point, other people started running over the cargo strap, tying them to the rope, and they began throwing the rope. And I ran up to the top of the hill and called 911.”

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