Gary Croteau, of Auburn was drilling his eighth hole through the ice with his friend, Larry, whose grandchildren were expected to join them later.

Croteau, who has a small shack on the pond, had invited Larry, 77, and his family for an afternoon of ice fishing.

Minutes later, paramedics appeared and rushed Larry to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. A man on shore watched the drama unfold and answered Croteau’s calls for help and dialed 911. Croteau has heard that his friends condition has improved and doctors are still trying to find out what caused the collapse. The most amazing part about this, he learned CPR from watching TV and imitating what he saw.