Dozen people rescued from frozen pond's icy waters

December 30, 2012 1:17:13 PM PST
A sledding expedition went horribly wrong in the San Gabriel Mountains. The drama, on a frozen pond in Wrightwood in San Bernardino County, was caught on video.

It almost turned into a Christmas Day disaster when a man fell through the ice, setting off a chain reaction. One person after another tried to save him, only to fall in themselves.

"We saw this guy coming across the ice really fast, and it went from cheering to all of the sudden, just an unbelievable amount of panic and chaos," witness Mickey Herman said.

A crowd gathered on shore, frantically screaming for help. At one point, 12 people were in the water.

Everyone was eventually pulled to shore. No one was hurt