Dramatic moment little boy is rescued from a frozen pond in Texas after teenage dogwalker spots him trapped in the ice and raises the alarm

 A teenager and her grandfather saved a frozen 11-year-old boy from drowning after he plunged through ice on a pond in Texas.

Caitlyn Thomas, a senior at Jefferson High School, was walking her Labrador, called Kroger, when she saw the youngster struggling in the ice.

The 18-year-old said she ran and knocked on people's doors in an attempt to get help but found nobody home.


She had also tried to call 911 but could not explain her location to the dispatcher.

But a quick-thinking Caitlyn then called her grandfather Randy Thomas, who is a trained scuba diver and lives just one block away, before filming the proceeding rescue on her mobile phone.

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Before the clip began, Randy, arrived and began shouting advice to the youngster who was stranded several metres away from the bank.

He knelt by the side of the frozen pond before throwing a rope out from the back of his pick up truck in the hope the boy could grab hold of it.

But the youngster was too cold to move his arms which forced Randy, who was only wearing a long-sleeved top and jeans, to wade out into the icy water up to his chest. 

The footage then begins and shows Randy already immersed in the freezing water as he slowly drags the boy to the water's edge.

Caitlyn Thomas, a senior at Jefferson High School, Texas, had been out walking her Labrador when she saw the youngster struggling in the ice before calling her grandfather Randy Thomas who waded in to save the boy

Caitlyn Thomas, a senior at Jefferson High School, Texas, had been out walking her Labrador when she saw the youngster struggling in the ice before calling her grandfather Randy Thomas who waded in to save the boy

The footage shows Randy already immersed in the freezing water up to his chest as he slowly drags the boy to the water's edge using a rope attached to his pick up truck

The footage shows Randy already immersed in the freezing water up to his chest as he slowly drags the boy to the water's edge using a rope attached to his pick up truck

At the same time, Caitlyn moves to help dog Kroger out of the water after he too slipped through the sheet of ice - with the boy's own dog also struggling in the background.

Randy eventually reaches the bank as onlookers rush to help hoist the boy from the water.


Caitlyn uploaded the video to her Facebook page on February 17 alongside a caption that read: 'Well it's not everyday you save a life. 

'Please keep this little boy in your prayers I don't know how long he was out there.' 

Randy eventually reaches the bank as he attempts to haul the boy out on to the bank of the frozen pond

Randy eventually reaches the bank as he attempts to haul the boy out on to the bank of the frozen pond

At the same time, Caitlyn moves to help dog Kroger out of the water after he too slipped through the sheet of ice

At the same time, Caitlyn moves to help dog Kroger out of the water after he too slipped through the sheet of ice

Marion County Sheriff's Office has since said that the boy, who has not been identified, had been returned home to his mother.

It also stated that he had been examined by first responders and is expected to be okay. 

'The quick thinking of the caller and the actions of the neighbor helped save the juvenile from further harm,' the statement said, according to ArkLaTex

Onlookers rush to help hoist the boy, who has not been identified, from the water before he was returned to his mother

Onlookers rush to help hoist the boy, who has not been identified, from the water before he was returned to his mother

It comes after President Joe Biden declared a major disaster in Texas after it was hit with record subzero temperatures.

It is thought that 14 million people were left without water and dozens of towns were cut off from the electricity grid for seven days.  

Earlier this week military vehicles from the Texas Military Department of the Texas National Guard were tasked with transporting residents to designated warming centers.

Thirty people are known to have died in Texas alone with more than a dozen being those who perished in homes that had lost their heat.

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