Jayden Charles Concha helped to rescue Edward W. Shypkoski and attempted to help rescue Frederick J. Ewoniuk from drowning, Mandaree, North Dakota, February 20, 2016. Shypkoski, 58, was riding on his all-terrain vehicle with Ewoniuk, 60, on ice on Lake Sakakawea at a point about 300 feet from the closer bank, when the ice broke beneath them, sending them into the frigid water. Unable to lift themselves onto the ice, Shypkoski and Ewoniuk both screamed for help. Across the lake, Jayden, 14, middle school student, heard the screams. With his uncle, Jayden rode on their all-terrain vehicle to a point about 30 feet from the hole created by the fall, and after his uncle removed fishing equipment and pulled the vehicle to a point about 10 feet from the hole, Jayden retrieved cable from a winch at the front of the vehicle and gave it to the uncle. The uncle tried unsuccessfully to reach the cable to Ewoniuk, and then broke through the ice himself. Jayden and the vehicle also broke through the ice. Jayden fully submerged and resurfaced. The uncle aided Jayden out of the water and directed him to stay back from the hole. The uncle got a 5-foot piece of rope from his equipment and used it to aid Shypkoski out of the water. Ewoniuk had submerged and never resurfaced. The uncle assisted Shypkoski in walking to Jayden. Jayden then assisted Shypkoski to the closer bank, and they met the uncle at his truck. They drove to a nearby home, went inside and called 911. Jayden tended Shypkoski. Shypkoski was hospitalized two days for treatment of his injuries, and he recovered. Ewoniuk’s body was recovered about six hours later. He had drowned. Jayden suffered bruising and a sprain to his right wrist. He later went to his doctor for treatment. He recovered.
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