With a look of pure desperation, 15-year-old Cam Wilson paddled into below freezing water to rescue her two dogs that fell through the ice.
“When I saw him drowning, I thought it was the end for him and so my instincts just told me to go out there and save him,” Wilson says.
The Hampton teen used a kayak in her backyard near a lake off Southall Landings, scooping up Drake and Reagan, her Boston Terriers who had run onto the ice, chasing geese.
However, that daring rescue quickly turned into a frightening situation for Cam; her kayak got stuck half way out.
“Where the kayak had gone, she was kind of iced in,” says Denise Hinnant, Cam’s mom.
Hinnant says she called 911 and waited–powerless.
“I’m glad I know god, honestly,” she says. “I knew that he would protect her and that’s all I thought. I was just praying because you’re helpless.”
When firefighters got there about 15 minutes later, they used tools to break the ice. One put on a marine dry suit and got in to pull Cam to shore.
“I was hyperventilating and I was crying,” Wilson says. “I was freezing. I was really cold.”
She was so cold that Cam’s mom says her clothes were frozen to her body. Crews rushed to the hospital.
“Until I got there and saw her color back I wasn’t comfortable at all, but that was a great feeling,” Hinnant says. “I mean that’s my baby. That’s my baby girl.”