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Alaska teen arrested after ice floe rescue

May 2, 2011 at 12:39 PM   |   Comments

FAIRBANKS, Alaska, May 2 (UPI) -- An Alaska teenager was charged with disorderly conduct after being rescued from an ice floe in the Chena River, Fairbanks police said.

Michael Poland, 18, also spent a night in jail over the weekend following the rescue that was witnessed by dozens of spectators along the riverbank in downtown Fairbanks.

The Fairbanks (Alaska) News-Miner said Poland was among a group of people seen jumping on the ice Friday night. The section he was standing on broke away and began drifting downstream.

Poland, dressed in jeans and a short-sleeved shirt, had to brought to shore by two firefighters in a rescue raft. He was handcuffed and hauled off to jail as soon as he was on shore.

Police said along with disorderly conduct, Poland was charged with creating a hazardous situation for the two firefighters.

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