Two children rescued from pond near Morse Reservoir

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HAMILTON COUNTY (March 10, 2010) – Two young sisters from Noblesville survived a fall through the ice into a frigid reservoir, thanks to some quick action by a teenage girl and her grandparents.

Four-year-old Sydney Moore and 7-year-old Jessica Moore are at St. Vincent Hospital for overnight observation, but their mother tells FOX59 they are both responsive and will be fine. The girls fell through the ice just before 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Aubrey Peters was outside with her friends when she heard the girls call for help, and took action.

“I didn’t see when they fell through. I just heard the screaming,” she said. “It was scary.”

When Aubrey walked to the reservoir behind her grandparents’ house, she saw her neighbors, 4-year-old Sydney and 7-year-old sister Jessica, had fallen through the ice near a dock. Aubrey immediately called 911, but didn’t stop there.

“All of a sudden our granddaughter who lives with us came running over and said, ‘They fell in the lake,'” said Randy Peters.

Randy and his wife Joyce rushed to the water. When Joyce arrived, Jessica had already pulled herself up onto the ice, but her 4-year-old sister was still in the water and had stopped screaming.

“She kind of like bobbed once more and then was under and that’s when I knew I had no choice but to get in,” said Joyce Peters.

“My wife got the one over to the dock,” Randy Peters. “I started mouth-to-mouth and did it for about ten minutes or so when the police and the rescue team arrived.”

“I’m just thankful that we were able to revive her somewhat, and then the medics came and they took care of her the rest of the way,” Joyce Peters said.

Though the two young girls now have three heroes to thank, the Peters say they’re nothing more than caring neighbors.

“You just do the best you can,” Randy Peters said.

“That’s what anybody would do, really,” Joyce Peters said.

In fact, they say they’re simply lucky they were there to answer the call.

“I’m just thankful that God had us there, and that Aubrey was outside because she isn’t usually outside at this time and saw them,” Joyce Peters said. “Because otherwise probably nobody would have seen them or heard them. And lucky they’re both safe and it sounds like they’re going to be okay.”

Sydney and Jessica’s mother says she can’t thank her neighbors enough for helping save her daughters. She says she’s especially thankful that Aubrey took such quick action.