911 call reveals child's plea for help in Noblesville water rescue

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by David Barras, WISH

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - The 911 call of the dramatic water rescue of two young girls on Morse Reservoir is emotional and moving.

Imagine, you’re a young girl and you notice two even younger neighbors have fallen through the ice on a not too frozen Morse Reservoir. That was exactly what Aubrey Peters found just after four o’clock Wednesday afternoon.

She ran into the house and told her grandparents, then she called 911.

The 911 operator told Peters to stay as calm as possible and explain the circumstances.

“Please, I can't help. M’am...she's drowning, she's drowning," responded a frantic Peters.

Peters was in her driveway when she noticed her four and seven-year-old neighbors in the water screaming for help.

"It was terrifying. It was like watching someone die and I hated it," Peters told 24-Hour News 8.

For nearly 10 minutes, Aubrey stayed on the phone with a 911 operator.

"Please, can't you do anything? She's drowning," she told the 911 operator.

Watching as two young girls were fighting to stay afloat in the cold waters of Morse Reservoir, she begged for help.

"Please hurry. Please, Jessie, try to save her. Try, try your best. I can't help, I can't, sorry," she screamed to the two girls in the water.

But Peters' grandmother was able to help right as she was talking to the 911 operator.

"One of them looks like she's sinking. She can't hold up anymore, save her. She can't hold up anymore. My grandma's trying to get her," said Peters.

Joyce Peters jumped into the water and Aubrey feared the worst.

"My grandma fell in now. Grandma! The baby died. The baby died," she screamed to the 911 operator.

But then, there was hope.

"OK, my grandma's in and she saved one of them,” Peters told the operator. “The baby…I don't know. She's not breathing, I think."

The baby wasn't breathing, but Joyce's husband performed CPR on the four-year-old girl until medics arrived.

Investigators told 24-Hour News 8 the two girls were alert and conscious last night.

Authorities wouldn't give any updated information on the children’s conditions.

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2 children rescued from Morse Reservoir

by Daniel Miller

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) - Two Hamilton County sisters are recovering after they were rescued from a frozen lake. The girls were rescued behind a house on Willow Court at Morse Reservoir. What was supposed to be fun day outside, turned into a dramatic rescue from a frozen lake.

"I was in my driveway and I ran down that fence line," said Aubrey Peters. Aubrey showed 24 Hour News 8 where she noticed her young neighbors in the water. Just after 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, Aubrey heard the 4 and 7-year-olds screaming for help.

"It was terrifying. I mean it was like watching someone die and I hated it," Aubrey said.

Aubrey said she rushed inside to alert her grandparents. "I screamed to my grandparents.. Emergency, Emergency.. kids are drowning!" She then called 911.

"God definitely was with us all - or we never would have never even seen them," said Joyce Peters. By the time Peters got near the girls, the 7-year-old was crawling to safety on top of the ice. The girl's sister was still underneath the frozen water.

Aubrey's grandmother jumped in the water and rescued the 4-year-old girl. "I knew I had no option, but to get in and get her. So, I jumped in the lake and I had to kind of break up the ice a little bit to get her, but it was for a very short distance. I got her, and in the interim, my husband came down the hill," said Peters.

Joyce's husband performed CPR on the 4-year-old girl until medics arrived. Investigators said she was alert and conscious.

"We are all very lucky because it would have been a tragedy, a major tragedy for our neighborhood and for our city. So we're very thankful both girls are okay," said Peters.

The Noblesville Fire Department says both are in stable condition and will continue to be treated at Riverview Hospital.