- The Washington Times - Monday, February 12, 2007

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) — Two brothers, ages 8 and 12, died Sunday afternoon after the younger boy fell through a sheet of ice covering a pond and his brother tried to rescue him, authorities said.

Jarris and Aaron Robinson were pronounced dead at Dorchester General Hospital shortly before 6 p.m., less than three hours after they fell through a sheet of ice covering a shallow pond at the housing development where they lived, Cambridge police said.

Police said Jarris climbed a fence, walked onto the frozen pond and fell through the ice. Aaron ran onto the ice in an attempt to save his younger brother but also fell into the water.

Jenise Robinson, the boys’ mother, said she warned the boys not to go over the fence, but Jarris didn’t listen and Aaron went after him.

“He went out there to try to save his brother. They must have been underneath the water for about 10 minutes,” Mrs. Robinson told WBAL-TV.

Three other children ran for help, and a 911 call was placed at 3:13 p.m.

Cambridge police and Dorchester County sheriff’s deputies attempted a rescue before divers arrived, said Bill Watkins, director of Cambridge Emergency Medical Services.

“The police were in [the water] in their street clothes,” Mr. Watkins told the Easton Star Democrat.

The officers weren’t able to recover the boys but pinpointed their locations in the muddy, murky water, Mr. Watkins said. Dive teams from local fire departments pulled the boys out of the water, but efforts to revive them were unsuccessful. They were taken by ambulance to the hospital, where they were pronounced dead. Their bodies were taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Baltimore for autopsies.

The boys’ father is stationed with the Army in Hawaii and caught a flight home after he heard the news, their mother told WBAL-TV.

Eight of the responders were treated for mild to moderate hypothermia, Mr. Watkins said.

“All that could be done was done,” he said.

Authorities estimated that the pond was 8 feet deep in the middle, Cambridge police Lt. Wayne Bromwell said.

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