Two people have died and one has severely injured after falling through the ice William P. Pack Memorial Park Park pond in Moundridge Friday afternoon.

Two people have died and one has severely injured after falling through the ice William P. Pack Memorial Park Park pond in Moundridge Friday afternoon.

The family – mother, father and their 8-year-old son were from California and visiting family in the area.

According to Moundridge Police Chief Jay Kessler, the family fell through the ice that had formed at the north end the pond. Emergency services were notified shortly after 3:30 p.m. Teams from Moundridge, Newton, Hesston and Halstead as well as a Lifeteam, responded to the call.

It took 50 minutes from the time the call came in, to get everyone out of the water, said Moundridge Fire Department Chief Ron Blaylock. It took several attempts and a boat to reach the woman. The child was retrieved by two Newton responders who dove in wet suits for him.

The 44-year-old mother was taken to Newton Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 4:58 p.m. while her son was transported to Wesley Medical Center, and pronounced dead at 5:14 p.m., Kessler said. The father, 43, was taken to Mercy Hospital in serious condition, but has since been treated and released.

The names of the victims are being withheld pending the notification of relatives. The Sentinel will continue to report as more information becomes available.