Greece, N.Y. – Three men were safely rescued from Long Pond Sunday afternoon.
They were reportedly fishing on the pond, just off Edgemere Drive, when they fell in. One climbed out of the water onto ice.
It took 20 firefighters to rescue the men. One firefighter injured his back.
Chief James O’Coin of the Lake Shore Fire Department said ice can be deceiving, and it’s best to stay away from it when the weather warms up like it did Sunday.
“This time of year, the ice is changing,” he said. “We're a proponent that no ice is safe. The problem we have is that the ponds might not be deep, but what you have is the water is very cold, so you get the initial shock of going in the water and hypothermia. The pond base is all muck – at that point you're struggling to get out. The harder you struggle, the deeper trouble you're going to get yourself into."