Two people take unexpected Christmas plunge in Mendenhall Lake

People walk on Mendenhall Lake in this photo taken on Nov. 20, 2012. While most of the lake is frozen over, areas near icebergs and at the face of the glacier are can still be unstable despite the dip in temperatures. (Photo by Heather Bryant)

No injuries reported after two people fell through ice at the face of the Mendenhall Glacier on Christmas Day.

Capital City Fire and Rescue received a 911 call about 1 o’ clock Tuesday afternoon.

Both people were pulled from the water by family members and were on their way back to the glacier visitors’ center parking lot before emergency crews arrived, according to firefighter Jamie Johns.

“Capital City Fire and Rescue met up with the patients, and they were transported to the ambulance for re-warming,” Johns said on the CCFR media line. “Vital signs were taken, the patients were fine.”

Johns says CCFR had an ATV and a sled on the scene, but they weren’t needed.

Officials with the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center could not be reached for comment. The center frequently warns people about the dangers of recreating on the frozen surface of Mendenhall Lake.

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