Many people were out in California's San Bernardino County spending the day sledding on Christmas Day down a hill that was located next to Jackson Lake, located east of Wrightwood, reported NBC News
The excursion turned into a serious situation after a man fell into the frozen lake. Unable to swim, as he struggled, other individuals tried to help, only to find themselves also stuck in the freezing waters, according to ABC News
. About a dozen people total were reportedly in the water.
The whole incident was captured on video (courtesy Huffington Post
“When the people started going through the ice, it was just total panic. You saw people taking their belts off. It was just total chaos and out of control. We saw that poor guy, the first one to go in, it was obvious he didn’t know how to swim,” Mickey Herman, who captured the ordeal on tape, said. “We thought that might be it. We wouldn’t see him again. Fortunately he came back up.”
In the video, you can hear one man speaking to emergency dispatchers as others frantically tried to save those in the water tossing tubes and ropes into the lake.
After the rescue, you can see people stripping off their own dry shirts and jackets and placing them on those who spent possibly up to 15 minutes or more in the freezing waters.
Fortunately, everyone was rescued and it is reported that no serious injuries were sustained.