AMHERST, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - An 11-year-old was transported to the hospital after falling through the ice in Amherst.

This all happened around noon at Puffers Pond.

The Amherst Fire Department tells Western Mass News that, when they and the Police Department arrived, the boy was out of the water and receiving help from bystanders.

We're told that he had been hiking with family, and, afterwards, decided to walk home by trying to cross the pond on the ice.

Firefighters say that the ice where he walked was too thin, fell in, and was submerged up to his chest.

The 11-year-old was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital for treatment of possible mild hypothermia.

In a statement sent to Western Mass News, Assistant Fire Chief Lindsay Stromgren said:

"We want to remind everyone that there is no guarantee that any ice over a stream, pond or lake is safe to go on. The Winter has made it especially difficult to know how strong any ice is due to the wide fluctuations in temperature, and the large quantity of rain we have received."

The Amherst Fire Department reminds parents to tell their children to never go out on the ice alone.

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