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Two Juveniles Die After Falling Through Ice
Updated January 19, 2015 7:44 AM
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(SPENCER) - Indiana Conservation Officer divers rescued two juveniles whom later died on Sunday after they fell through the ice at a rural rock quarry north of Spencer.

At approximately 1:28 p.m. the Owen County Sheriff's Dispatch received a 911 call reporting two juveniles had fallen through the ice.

First responders arrived and navigated steep rocky terrain to reach the water's edge.

Within minutes of entering the water, Indiana Conservation Officer Divers located the two juveniles. They had been submerged for approximately an hour and a half in 11 feet of water.

17-year-old Clark "Edward" Shoemaker of Spencer and 13-year-old Dominic Arthur of Coal City were taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital where they were later pronounced dead.

The pair had been ice fishing with family members at the rock quarry near the 2400 block of Romona Road in rural Owen County. The ice was measured at less than three inches thick.

Responding agencies included Indiana Conservation Officers, Owen County Sheriff's Department, Owen Valley Fire, Owen County Rescue, Owen County EMS and Air Evac.

Indiana Conservation Officers note that the warming temperatures had contributed to the deterioration of the ice. Officials remind everyone to always verify the thickness of the ice before venturing out on it.

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