LINDSTROM, Minn. (KMSP) - After school Monday 15-year-old Camden Bever and his 13-year-old brother Tavin took a short walk to the lake behind their home in Lindstrom.
The pair had checked out the ice a few days before with their dad, a St. Paul firefighter, and determined that it was thick enough on the bay to venture out--though the main lake wasn't quite ready yet.
"Those are the areas that have a little bit of extra heat and haven't been able to freeze over as thick as this stuff has yet," Camden said, walking out onto the ice again Tuesday.
Just before they left, their mother said to bring a rope--just in case. It turned out that advice made all the difference.
A few minutes after stepping out onto the water Tavin saw a lone man walking across Chisago Lake. It didn't take long for the man to fall through, letting out a muted cry for help.
Camden navigated a safe route over to the man, using safety techniques he learned from his dad, ultimately pulling him out using the rope his mother suggested he bring.
The 44-year-old man requested to stay anonymous, but says he owes his life to two boys who ventured out on the ice--and the mother who thought ahead.