Man dies after attempting to save boy who fell through ice in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A 30-year-old man died Thursday evening after attempting to rescue a 5-year-old boy from an icy pond at an apartment complex in Columbus, Ohio.

The boy is listed in critical condition at Nationwide Children's Hospital, according to multiple reports.

According to a report from the Columbus Dispatch, James R. Jenkins was pronounced dead at 7:09 p.m. at Grant Medical Center.

The report indicates rescuers pulled the man from the pond at Hartford on the Lake, located at 2400 Shore Boulevard West, around 6:30 p.m., almost 50 minutes after the first 911 call was made.

The boy was unconscious when he was pulled from the water at 6:42 p.m.

According to the article, the boy fell through ice that was covering the pond and then the man fell in while attempting the rescue the child.

Tammy Rhodes said she saw Jenkins go into the water after the boy apparently walked out onto the ice and fell in.

"He did the best he could. He was trying to hold the boy up," Tammy Rhodes told Columbus Dispatch reporter Jim Woods. Rhodes called Jenkins a hero.

Charron Pinkston, 42, told the Dispatch he saw the man holding the boy and "trying to keep his head above water."

A Columbus fire battalion chief saw the man's head above water when he arrived at the scene. He "tied off a rope and tried again to rescue him but couldn't reach him," according to the article.

The relationship between the boy and the man has not been determined.

The Associated Press reports temperatures in Columbus rose to the mid-40s Thursday after several days with overnight temperatures well below freezing.

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