SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WREG) — A 10-year-old boy is dead and his 6-year-old sister injured after they fell through a frozen pond at a home Sunday morning.
The Shelby County Fire Department and sheriff’s office responded to the 8000 block of Brunswick Road east of Millington around 11 a.m.
Authorities said both children were rushed to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. The boy, Benjamin Luckett was pronounced dead.
“It’s a low probability event with, unfortunately a high consequence and our hearts go out to the family right now,” Brent Perkins, of the Shelby County Fire Department, said.
“So the bottom line is the bodies of water down here normally don’t freeze with enough thickness to support a person on it and it can be very dangerous,” Perkins said.
First responders from Shelby County and Millington answered the call Sunday morning after it was reported that Benjamin and his sister, Abigail, had fallen through the ice on a pond near their house.
As mentioned, Benjamin drowned, despite the efforts of Millington firefighters who launched an inflatable boat, donned drysuits, and searched the freezing water.
But they couldn’t save him in time.
“The victim will go into the water and their body is completely assaulted by what’s happening. It’s so cold and breathing is next to impossible,” Perkins said.
Abigail was still in the hospital Monday, but no condition was available.
The family’s church is collecting money to help pay for Benjamin’s funeral If you’d like to donate to the church fund and help the Luckett family, click here.