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Salisbury boy drowns after falling through ice

Posted January 12, 2015

Salisbury boy drowns in icy pond

— Police say 8-year-old Kymello McLane was playing with friends at Salisbury's Hurley Park when he fell through thin ice on a pond Sunday afternoon and drowned.

Kymello fell on his back, his friends told police, and crashed through the ice. The friends, both 11, said they tried to hold out sticks to pull him up but could not reach. Then they called 911.

"I just can't picture him being under there for 10 minutes in the cold and the hypothermia," a neighbor said.

A woman who watched as rescue crews worked to find the boy under the ice said she was shaken by what she saw. 

"I could see the guy in the boat, you know, with a pole," she said. "Obviously he was trying to find somebody."

Kymello was rushed to Rowan Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. 

His father told reporters that his son was "a great son."

"He was above his time, and I love him," Tony McLane said. "He was the greatest kid in the world."



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  • babylaceycarpenter Jan 12, 2015

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    Most every small pond (less than 5 acres) has had Ice form on them in the last 4 days. I personally saw at least 6 or 7 of them just yesterday in Nash Co. None were anywhere thick enough to support any weight, but the top layer is pretty obvious.

    That said, my prayers are going out to this child's family. I also hope the parents of the other boys, will seek professional help for them. They must have been horrified.

  • KTS BITC0IN B0WL CHAMPS Jan 12, 2015

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    Seeing as how said older kids didn't have the common sense to know that it hasn't been cold enough for long enough to have ice that would support a person, yes video games would have been a much better choice.

  • foodstamptrader Jan 12, 2015

    Pond near me in Chapel Hill is skimmed over. Rare for this area. Its amazing the ice held the weight to allow him to even get out on the pond to where he could drown. So sad...

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Jan 12, 2015
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    I'm surprised there was even any ice....poor kids didn't know better. I feel grief for this young boy and his family and also his friends who had to be part of this tragedy. Regarding comments about the parents, I think that while it's always easy to try to place blame, it's simply not possible to think of every eventuality as a parent to warn kids about. Ice on ponds is not a common occurrence this far south, and the dangers may not be in the forefront of a parent's mind. They may even have warned the boy, but kids being kids, they may have thought it was safe. This family will need all the prayers and support they can get; this is tragic.

  • Eq Videri Jan 12, 2015
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    Is it really too much to ask parents to be aware of obvious dangers and protect their children from them? Is parenting itself now a video game?

    This is exactly the right time to raise such politically incorrect points, when people are paying attention to what happened, in hopes of preventing future avoidable deaths.

  • btneast Jan 12, 2015

    Lightfoot....we were neighbors.....I am from Hoke County. I do remember the cold snap in the 80's....that would have definitely frozen over enough. If you walked over the Lumber River when it was frozen, then you were a very lucky person. That part of the state is usually the warmest in the state

  • johnnymanziel Jan 12, 2015

    Ice? I had no idea any area ponds had ice on them. Must have been paper thin ice. Wow.

  • Beth Miller Jan 12, 2015
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    My heart goes out to this family and the friends that had to watch. So sad

  • Lightfoot3 Jan 12, 2015

    "You must have grown up in the western part of the state where it gets much colder." - btneast

    Bottom of state, mid-southern area, around Robeson, Scotland, and Hoke Counties.

    "I am a NC native of over 50 years" - btneast

    I'm close to that, though I'm not saying which side of 50. At various times growing up, I've walked on lakes, swamps, ponds, and one time even walked on the Lumber River (even my father did that because the ice was so thick).

    I do remember another long cold snap in the mid-eighties, but was busy with other things at the time so don't know if the waters froze enough to walk on or not. While I know it's anecdotal, it just doesn't seem to stay below freezing as long as it use to. This tragic event reminds me that we need to alert all kids to the dangers of frozen ponds and such.

  • Stan Simmerson Jan 12, 2015
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    I was born and raised in Salisbury, and I've been by that park when I return home to visit my mom. My heart goes out to the family of that young man. I hope that God will hold them in His hands as they grieve. So very sad.