Girl who fell through ice in Rock Island pond shows dramatic improvement

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The 6-year-old girl who fell through the ice into a Rock Island pond Thursday is making great strides toward recovery, said Shawn Ballard of Ballard Ambulance.

Ballard said he received a report Friday morning that the girl, who has not yet been identified, has been making “dramatic improvements.”

“Last night she started moving her arms and her legs and opening her eyes and today she’s got purposeful movement and it sounds like all of her vitals continue to improve.,” Ballard said.

At about 11:15 Thursday morning, the girl walked out onto the partially ice-covered pond, then fell into the water. She was in the water for at least 15 minutes before Billy Turner of Douglas County Fire District 2 swam out and rescued her while fellow firefighter Jacob Toevs maintained a “tag line.”

The girl was reportedly staying with family friends at a mobile home park near the pond.

She was first taken by Ballard Ambulance to Central Washington Hospital in Wentatchee, then taken by air ambulance to Seattle Children’s Hospital.