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Maine ice fisherman saves friend with CPR on frozen pond


AUBURN, Maine (AP) — An angler patiently waits for a bite on one of his ice fishing poles. A Maine ice fisherman saved his friend who collapsed on a frozen pond by performing CPR.

Gary Croteau tells the Sun Journal he had invited his friend out to Taylor Pond in Auburn on Saturday for ice fishing. Croteau and his friend were drilling holes in the pond when the 77-year-old suddenly collapsed and stopped breathing. Croteau says he administered CPR as someone on the shore called 911. His friend started breathing again before he was taken to Central Maine Medical Center for treatment.

Croteau says his friend is in good condition!

by: Rion Sanders /


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