Video: Double tragedy

updated 2/12/2007 10:31:39 AM ET 2007-02-12T15:31:39

Two brothers, ages 8 and 12, died Sunday after the younger boy fell through a sheet of ice covering a pond and his brother tried to rescue him, authorities said.

Jarris Robinson, 8, and Aaron Robinson, 12, were pronounced dead after they fell through a sheet of ice covering a shallow pond at the housing development where they lived, Cambridge police said.

According to police, Jarris climbed a fence, walked onto the frozen pond and fell through. Aaron ran onto the ice in an attempt to save his younger brother but also fell into the water.

Jenise Robinson, the boys’ mother, said she warned them not to go over the fence, but Jarris didn’t listen, and Aaron went after him.

“He went out there to try to save his brother. They must have been underneath the water for about 10 minutes,” Robinson told WBAL-TV.

‘All that could be done was done’
Three other children ran for help. Dive teams pulled the boys out of the water, but efforts to revive them were unsuccessful.

Eight responders were treated for mild to moderate hypothermia, said Cambridge EMS Director Bill Watkins said. “All that could be done was done,” he said.

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