On Christmas Day at approximately 10:00 p.m., Fire and Police personnel from the Holland Department of Public Safety responded to the area of 145 Columbia, near Window on the Waterfront Park, for two women that were trapped in the ice covering the Macatawa Marsh. The women became trapped in the ice and sub-surface mud in the area while entering marsh to pursue their dog. Fire and police personnel worked in collaboration to safely and successfully remove both women and the dog from the water. The women, at risk from hypothermia, were transported to Holland Hospital for evaluation by American Medical Response.
Ice water rescue can be complex and labor intensive. Due to this concern, the Park Twp. Fire Department was requested for mutual aid at the scene. The Holland Charter Township Fire Department assisted by standing by at their Station #2 to respond to additional calls for service within the City of Holland.
The Holland Department of Public Safety would like to remind residents and visitors that venturing out on to ice can be dangerous and should be avoided unless conditions of the ice, such as thickness and composition are known and precautions are taken. Ice conditions vary throughout Lake Macatawa and the surrounding tributaries and should never be considered entirely safe.
For additional information contact Captain Chris Tinney at 616-355-1023.