Police have reported that a 19-year-old boy was found dead in Falls Church after falling through the ice at a Haymarket pond.
An Afghan national named, Shahzada Zadran and his friend were on the ice at the Piedmont Club golf course off Erinblair Loop when the ice broke and they fell into the frozen body of water.
The other man was able to get himself out of the water and tried to locate Zadran, but he could find him, Prince William County Police Master Officer Renee Carr said.
After the police was contacted, the 20-year-old boy was taken to the hospital and he had no serious injuries.
However, Zadran was found dead when the fire crew pulled him out of the icy water and took him to the hospital. According to officials the neighborhood barely produces thick enough ice necessary for outdoor recreation.
“Ice that forms where water levels change frequently, or where the water is moving, such as stormwater ponds, rivers, and streams is especially dangerous because its thickness will vary with the conditions and may contain cracks,” Prince William County Fire and Rescue said in a news release.
The release also added that the primary challenge for the rescue team is time as moderate and severe hypothermia can occur in less than 10 minutes – giving a person no chance of survival.