A 30-year-old autistic man is expected to recover after Michigan State Police troopers rescued him from a freezing cold Oakland County pond Wednesday night, officials said.

Troopers received a call at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday saying an autistic adult male had left a group home in Groveland Township.

Officials began searching for the man using canine units and a helicopter unit, the Detroit News reports.

After two hours, troopers received a call about a person who had fallen through the ice on a pond about 4.5 miles from the group home. Troopers could hear someone in the water calling for help.

Authorities said troopers went onto the ice to rescue the man, who was submerged up to his chest and suffering from hypothermia. One of the troopers fell through the ice, but continued moving toward the victim. Officials said the trooper broke the ice in front of him with his fists.

The troopers hoisted the man out of the water and got him to shore, according to state police.

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