Firefighters rescue teenager who fell through ice near Cheney

<p><p>Spokane County firefighters rescued a 19-year-old man who fell through thin ice Saturday afternoon at Fish Lake northeast of Cheney.</p></p><p><p>Fire Chief Cody Rohrbach said first responders tied a rope to a backboard, slid it out to the man and pulled him to shore.</p></p><p><p>After he fell through the ice, Rohrbach said the teenager was able to fight through the ice toward shore for about 75 feet before firefighters from Fire District 3 pulled him the rest of the way.</p></p><p><p>He said the teenager was exhausted and had a body temperature of 94 degrees, indicative of hypothermia or at least early-onset hypothermia. The teenager was taken to the hospital and Rohrbach said he believes he will be OK.</p></p><p><p>“Pretty fortunate for that individual that everything went smooth,” Rohrbach said.</p></p><p><p>He said he was unsure what the teenager was doing on the frozen lake.</p></p>