Volunteers pluck teen from ice floating down river on Prince Edward Island

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CORNWALL, P.E.I. - A Prince Edward Island teen was shaken and cold but unharmed after a piece of ice he jumped on broke off and began rapidly travelling down a river on Saturday afternoon.

Kirby Wakelin, chief of the North River Fire Department, says the teen boy and his friend were jumping on ice on the North River in Cornwall near the North River Causeway when a piece broke off.

Wakelin says the river's swift current quickly carried the boy downriver on the icefloe, measuring about two metres by three metres.

He says three volunteer firefighters dressed in cold water survival suits were called in to rescue the boy in a zodiac boat.

Wakelin says the volunteers had some difficulties getting the zodiac through ice near the shore, but eventually reached the boy and brought him to safety.

He says the boy was treated by emergency paramedics at the scene.

Organizations: North River Fire Department

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, CORNWALL, North River

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