BETHEL, Pa. -- A man dived into a backyard pond to save his 10-year-old brother, but both died in the freezing, murky water.
Jay Paul Oberholtzer, 19, died at Hershey Medical Center late Thursday after being removed from the pond.
Scuba divers used infrared equipment to locate 10-year-old Timothy Oberholtzer, who fell through the ice about 4:30 p.m., state police said. The child was flown to the hospital, where he later died.
Timothy and his 6-year-old brother, Jonathan, had ventured onto the ice in their backyard pond to see if it was safe to skate, police said. They were on their way back from crossing the pond when Timothy fell through the ice. Jonathan was not hurt.
Their father, Clinton Oberholtzer, 42, went into the frigid water after Timothy. He became stuck but was rescued, police said.
Jay Oberholtzer then made his unsuccessful attempt to save Timothy.
Rescuers in boats used poles to search for Timothy, and divers searched underwater. The pond, which has a maximum depth of about 12 feet, is in a rural area about 35 miles northeast of Harrisburg.
Shortly after 7:30 p.m., rescuers pulled Timothy from the pond.
"The conditions down there -- zero. There was no visibility down there," diver Mike Margavage said as he began pulling off his scuba gear.
Neighbors said the Oberholtzer family operates a greenhouse business. The boys are home-schooled by their Mennonite parents, said neighbor Mark Rissler, 15.
"They're just really great people even though they're withdrawn," Rissler said.
Brainerd Dispatch ©2013. All Rights Reserved.