Police Chief Saves Man Who Fell Through Ice At Mantua Reservoir
Dec 15, 2020, 8:23 AM | Updated: 10:37 am
MANTUA, Utah – The chief of police saved a man at the Mantua Reservoir on Monday morning after he fell through the ice, authorities said.
Police said Larry Mangum, 66, started walking out to set up for some ice fishing when the ice gave way. Both he and his dog fell through, and Mangum became tangled in his sled’s rope.
A witness called 911, and Mantua Police Chief Michael Castro along with Utah Highway Patrol trooper Johnathon Castillo arrived minutes later. The two men started toward Mangum to pull him out.
Castro said as he was walking over with his rope, he too fell through. Fortunately, he was able to pull himself out a couple of minutes later.
Castillo and Castro were then able to rescue both Mangum and the dog from the reservoir.
“It does happen really fast,” Castro said. “We don’t really think about it. All I was thinking about was having to help this victim get out of the water. It just wasn’t an option to see him drown right in front of us.”
Mangum sustained some cuts and scratches as well as some hypothermia. He is expected to be OK, and his dog is also expected to recover.