Frightening moments as dive teams rescue man in Hartland

Frightening moments as dive teams rescue man in Hartland

By WTMJ News Team. CREATED Feb 16, 2012 - UPDATED: Feb 16, 2012

HARTLAND- Freightening moments as dive rescue teams rushed into the frigid water to save a man who fell into an icy pond.

Screams for help Thursday forced Michael Olkwitz from his couch to see that David Holtz was fighting for his life.  "It's a pretty helpless feeling to stand there, you're probably fourty to fifty feet away from the guy and you can't do anything," said Olkwitz.  "Some of us really wanted to run out there -- but to respect to the firefighters to let them do their jobs, we stayed there"

Olkwitz captured the terror -- as rescue crews rushed to save the fisherman.

The daring rescue also struck fear into the man's family after hearing word he had fallen into the frigid pond.  It was something they had warned him about again and again.

"We constantly tell him we've had a mild winter.  51 degrees during Februrary and January..its not a good thing to sit on the ice and fish," said family member David Davis.

Witnesses saying the man appeared to be OK.  Once he was out of the water he was airlifted after collapsing on shore. 

TODAY'S TMJ4 reports that Holtz is doing well at Froedtert Hospital.  His family is saying he's lucky to be alive.