Tragedy On the Ice

By Chris Conde
January 07, 2017


Authorities report a California mother and her 8-year-old son visiting Kansas relatives died after being pulled from an icy pond.

Officials have identified the victims of the drowning Friday afternoon at Pack Park in central Kansas' Moundridge. Polly Claassen 44 and Trent Claasen 8.

The woman's 43-year-old husband managed to stay above the water and ice and was rescued. He was treated at Mercy Hospital in Moundridge.

Ron Blaylock, Moundridge's fire chief, said the mother and son were taken in very critical condition to Newton Medical Center and Wesley Medical Center in Wichita respectively.

Details of why the victims were on the pond were not immediately disclosed.