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Man falls into frozen pond while fleeing from police and drowns to death - New Years day 2013 - Champaign, IL  

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"I was spending the day with family when we spotted some police. We
initially thought someone had robbed a store but as we got closer we
spotted a man in the water. From what we were able to gather the man was
fleeing from the police. He ran over the pond and the ice broke. I was
able to capture the moment he went under. We waited there for a little
over an hour and they had not pulled him out yet.

Note: I had my police scanner app running to keep us updated on the situation. So that's what you'll hear over the video. -.-

Location: Champaign, IL
Date: 1-1-2013"

RIP. His name was Kenneth

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Added: Jan-4-2013 Occurred On: Jan-4-2013
By: kuzak20
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Tags: man, drowns, failed, rescue, attempt
Location: Champaign, Illinois, United States (load item map)
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  • FREEZE! No wait, I didn't mean literally!

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  • BAN ICE!

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  • I cant help but notice how the video directly under this one is of firefighters saving a deer that fell into a pool of water and that their sense of urgency is twice that of the people in this life trying to save a human who fell into a frozen pool of water.

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    • @travy1121

      Indications are he wasn't much of an asset to our species. The deer can at least make a yummy contribution.

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    • @travy1121
      He chose to jump into thin ice. The deer probably went for a drink then fell (notice slope)

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    • @travy1121 He wasn't exactly "a human who fell into a frozen pool of water" - he was a human FLEEING FROM POLICE (possible dangerous to himself and others, including the rescuers) who fell into a frozen pool of water...

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    • @zAbArAkAtrAnEmIA_TheGreat Hey I am not saying he was a good person but I view all other humans as at least deserving of life unless they take one themselves. He could of been a kid stealing to make some money to pay for his mothers medical bills. I am not excusing his actions, but I personally feel his life is more valuable than an animals.

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    • @commanderAA He was fleeing out of fear and you never think clearly in the situation. I am not saying he isn't stupid, but I sure as hell would have made every effort to get him out of the water instead of letting him die like that. He was a criminal yes, but he still could have been a good human being.

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  • I really think drowned and died are of the same meaning, it's like saying he was killed to death, oh well never mind, he's dead.

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    • @Rubbernecker lol

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    • @Rubbernecker I think technically drowning is just getting water in your lungs. I think it's more like "hanged to death". Normally if we say you drowned or were hanged, it means you died. But you can drown or hang without dying.

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    • @haiyaaa drown |droun|
      verb [ intrans. ]
      die through submersion in and inhalation of water : she drowned in the pond | : ( be drowned) two fishermen were drowned when their motorboat capsized.
      • [ trans. ] deliberately kill (a person or animal) in this way : he killed his wife then drowned himself in a fit of despair.
      • [ trans. ] submerge or flood (an area) : when the ice melted, the valleys were drowned.
      • [ trans. ] (of a sound) make (another sound) inaudible by being much louder : his More..

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    • @Rubbernecker so did he died or did he drowned?? I am so confused right now.

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    • @Rubbernecker

      They also waited until he slipped under before deciding to come try and help.

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  • Rescue effort was quickly scaled back after he yelled "Allah akbahr!"

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  • On the positive side, he won't be costing us taxpayers any money!

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  • When did the Banana Boat become an official rescue vessel?

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  • rescuers blew it. Just tie a fucking rope to one of them and have him walk the hell out there and grab the guy. Yes I have done it many times. The rescuer ends up in the water getting wet and cold but everyone lives.

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  • "Drowns to death" is redundant.

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  • Think that's bad?

    "In 2009, 42-year-old Philip Surridge died after firefighters refused to rescue him from a frozen lake.
    He screamed ‘Don’t let me die’, but the crew sent to Brightwell Lake, Northamptonshire, did not go in because they were not trained in water rescue.
    Speaking at the inquest into his death, Mr Surridge’s mother said: ‘The fire brigade condemned my son to his death. My son was still alive [when they arrived]. Why couldn’t humanity just have taken over?’
    Th More..

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    • @CaptainJamaicanNinja I heard about these instances. Very horrible. all comes down to money with these agencies. If they think theyll get sued, they wont do anything risky. Common sense just goes out the window. Very sad!

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    • @rbvr1
      but the other side of the coin was when that jet crashed in the potomac and the heli pilots, people on shore, all risked their lives to try and get them all out.

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    • @WotWot Very right! Those heroes put politics and bullshit aside and pullout all the stops putting others lives over theirs! As it should be!

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    • @rbvr1 nope thats what they call "the freeest country in the world" so free that you have to be afraid of your next.

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  • His name was Robert Paulson.

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    • @-SpectraL they planned it perfectly

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    • @-SpectraL How can so many people be to totally clueless about rescue ops? Yeah, there were a bunch of people standing there; mostly people who are not trained, and certainly not equipped, for a water rescue on thin ice and in frigid waters. The rescuers, when they got there, had to make sure they were ready before they went out onto the ice or there would have been more victims. And, what you call "falling right on top of the guy" was actually them locating him under the ice and th More..

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    • @tsmith werent they ready in the very first minute of the video?

      they had their cold water suits on, seems enough to me

      no need for that inflatable

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    • @TheWustenfuchs Well, this is only a 10 minute video, and the poster said that they waited for a little over an hour. Even though they were in their suits during this whole video, they must not have been ready. The video doesn't show what they were doing, but rescuers don't just sit on the sidelines for no reason.

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  • For those who don't know but assume they do. Technical rescue is very time consuming. Specifically that of Ice Rescue. First you have to survey the scene and determine the best method. Simply sending a rescuer out tied to a rope will generally create more of a problem then a solution. When effecting an Ice Rescue the goal is to distribute as much weight across a broad area(enter the tube). Note that the rescuers are also laying down versus standing up. Your chances of falling through greatly inc More..

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  • The crime rate just went down in Champaign

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  • Good old Kenneth has thoughtfully saved the honest taxpayer a lot on court and prison cost's. Well done Kenneth.

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  • slow bastards should be all sacked.DUMB fucks,wheres a hero when u need one.

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  • So now the mans family will sue the PD, the FD, the EMTs, the city, the manufacturers of the rescue equipment and the guy/gal that took the video for wrongful death ... and probably win.

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  • An hour!? Those people should hang their heads in shame!

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  • Im sure those rescuers could have saved him had they reacted quicker. If he was a deer, he would have been saved in 2 minutes flat.

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  • pretty fucked up to see. The guy was a criminal but he was a human being. RIP guy

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  • Well I hope nobody else in Champaign, IL falls through ice... you wont be saved for at least an hour. Their fire department is a bunch of fucking failures! Train your men!

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  • If he was a deer there would be 10 guys in the pond trying to save him...

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  • They took too long. Wayyy too long.

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