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Frozen lake rescue descends into chaos in California
The rescue of a man who had plunged into the freezing waters at Lake Jackson in California on Christmas Day descends into chaos as his rescuers begin to inadvertently follow him into the icy lake.

11:31AM GMT 31 Dec 2012

Amateur video captured the terrifying minutes when several people got into difficulty in the icy waters at Lake Jackson in Wrightwood, California as the rescue of one man descended into chaos on Christmas Day.

The incident began when one man sledding on the largely frozen lake fell into the water, prompting a handful of onlookers to come to his aid.

The first person on the scene then slipped into the lake after the ice beneath his feet gave way. Attempting to pull himself out, this man then inadvertently pulled yet another into the dangerously cold waters.

As ropes and rubber rings were produced to rescue them from the freezing depths, yet more of the ice began to give way reportedly leaving as many as 12 people in the lake.

Eventually, everyone was pulled to safety.

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