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Brooklyn, NY Skating Pond Drownings, Jan 1901

ICE SUDDENLY SANK.

WILD STRUGGLE FOR LIFE ON A BROOKLYN SKATING POND.

SIXTY PERSONS BROKE THROUGH.

New York, Jan. 28. -- Sixty skaters including many women and children broke through the ice on a large pond back of Evergreen cemetery, Brooklyn, and in the wild struggle for life two boys were drowned. The ice over the center of the pond, where the water was the deepest, and where the skaters were assembled in greatest number suddenly sank. The whole crowd was panic-stricken. Men and women fought to save themselves and children suffered in the unequal struggle. The screams of the imperilled skaters was heard by men employed in a factory near by and they ran to the pond. They dragged long planks with them which were pushed to the center of the pond. Along this footing a life line was formed. The police reserves and surgeons arrived in ambulances and succored many of the half-drowned skaters. The bodies of the two victims,
WILLIAM SCHWADEL and PHILIP FLECK each 11, were recovered.

The Newark Daily Advocate Ohio 1901-01-28



article | by Dr. Radut