Near drowning sparks pond safety talks in Yakima

Near drowning sparks pond safety talks in Yakima »Play Video
YAKIMA, Wash. -- A close call at Kiwanis Park now has authorities taking a closer look at pond safety during winter.

KIMA learned Yakima's Fire Chief and other city leaders are exploring different ideas.

They include draining some of the water so the pond won't be as deep. The area could also be fenced off in the winter.

Four boys fell through thin ice there a couple of months ago and one almost died.

"Luckily a life wasn't lost, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't react to this. You could call it a cheap lesson, maybe we could learn something without actually losing a life," said Yakima Fire Chief Dave Willson.

No decision has been made yet. Yakima says money is a factor, but a plan could be laid out later this month.