Boy Who Fell Through Ice at Shadow Lake Talks about Ordeal

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

Ryan Zinke is like any other sixth grade boy, he likes video games, playing with his pets and messing around with friends.

"We were goofing off and we thought it would be fun to walk on the ice so we threw rocks and beat it with a stick and it seemed safe," says Zinke. But it wasn't. "We heard a crack and so then I just fell through so my friend went to go grab help... I couldn't feel my legs after about five minutes," says Zinke.

Zinke's friend Zack Baker, who was also walking on the ice but didn't fall through, ran to a nearby house and found Rich Humphreys. Instead of just jumping into the water after him Humphreys found an extension cord, used it like a rope, threw it to Ryan and then used that to pull him out of the water. At that point Zinke was in the lake for about 15 minutes, his core temperature dropped to 92 degrees, he had just one thought. "I was going to die."

Zinke and his mom returned to the lake today to thank Humphreys. Patricia Zinke says seeing her boy alive was hard to describe. "I was happy he was alive I don't know what I'd do without my boy or my girl."
Patricia Zinke says she hasn't punished her son yet, she's just too happy he'll be around for Christmas.
"I just thank the Lord that's all I can do. Thank the Lord that he let my keep my little boy."

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