Iowa boys rescued after ill-advised trek onto river iceUPDATED 2:55 AM HST Mar 24, 2014Video Transcript
story. Stacey and Mark, the two boys were huddled together as the ice was shifting and moving downstream -- right into the open gates of a hydraulic dam. corbin crawford 12 year old 3:27 I WAS REALLY SCARED 28 barbara Crawford, mom 17:38 PANIC 39 Dylan Crawford 7 yr old 7:31 "REALLY SCARED TO THE BONES." 33 Impending danger -- only a couple hundred feet away... NATS rushing water on other side of dam As you see in this picture from the Fort Dodge Press, 7-year-old Dylan Crawford and his older brother, 12-year old Corbin held each other tight. Dylan Crawford 7 yr old 4:44 "YOU SEE THAT LITTLE HOLE OVER THERE, THAT'S WHERE I FELL." 49 At this point, Dylan and Crawford were dozens of blocks away from where they first stepped foot onto the Des Moines river near Hydroelectric Park. Dylan Crawford 7 yr old 8:59 "I WAS THROWING ROCKS THEN MY SHOE GOT STUCK AND THEN I TRIED TO PULL IT OUT BUT IT FLEW OFF MY HANDS." 12 Older brother Corbin went to retrieve the shoe, Dylan followed. Before they knew it ice started breaking and they were headed downstream to a hydraulic dam. Fort Dodge Firefighter Alan Angstrom 14:40 IT WAS NO MORE THAN FOUR INCHES AND IT WAS GRAY ICE WHICH IS NOT THAN FOUR INCHES AND IT WAS GRAY ICE WHICH IS NOT SAFE ICE." 45 Firefighter Alan Angstrom arrived on scene suited up and ready. Firefighters threw ropes and life jackets to the boys. Fort Dodge Firefighter Alan Angstrom 13:48 I HAD STEEL ICE PICKS THAT I STABBED IN AND DRUG MYSELF ACROSS." 53 On shore, crews attached a flat- bottomed aluminum boat to the lines. Angstrom used the ropes to pull the boat to himself and the boys. Then they all climbed in -- and were drug to safety. barbara Crawford, mom 18:39 "I LOST IT PRETTY MUCH AS SOON AS CORBIN MADE IT TO SHORE." 43 The rescue took just over a half hour -- 30 minutes this tight knit family will never forget. barbara Crawford, mom says this as she hugs Angstrom 16:13 I OWE YOU A MILLION." 15 Dylan Crawford 7 yr old 8:33 "I'M REALLY THANKFUL AND GRACEFUL FOR THE FIREFIGHTERS." 37 Yes, Dylan meant grateful. The boys tell me they're learned their lesson -- and they won't be going out onto the ice anytime soon. Stacey.