Published: Thu, February 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Boy, 11, dies after falling through ice on NYC pond

Boy, 11, dies after falling through ice on NYC pond

An 11-year-old Queens boy playing with a friend on an icy pond near his home died after he fell through the thin sheet of ice and into the frigid water Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. It happened after he pulled his friend to safety, but then fell in himself.

Three firefighters, who were not wearing cold-weather suits, got into the water at "chest-deep" levels and were able to rescue Perez, but he was not breathing. "Make sure your kids know the ice in the city of NY, on these lakes and ponds that are out, they are not safe".

Perez and the unidentified child were walking on the frozen pond at about 4:05 p.m. when it cracked and he went into the water about 50 feet from the shore. Police say he was unconscious and unresponsive. They immediately administered CPR and revived him, Healy said. "At some point the ice did firm up".

The boy had tried to save his friend from an icy pond. Here, footprints are seen frozen in the Constitution Garden pond near the Washington monument in Washington D.C., January 5, 2018.

Firefighters "had to physically, with their hands, break through the ice and chop the ice so they could get to the area that they knew the child would most likely be in", Healy, the deputy fire chief, said in the statement. The medical team took him to Jamaica Medical Center. Unfortunately, after only two hours the child was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Two firefighters were are being treated at the hospital for hypothermia.

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"I'm gonna call him a hero", Perez's neighbor Carmen Rivera told NBC New York. New York Daily News reports that by the time officials arrived, the kid had been under the water for 30 minutes.

"This is so sad", said Patricia Coraci, who lives across the street. He'll be in my prayers.

Following the incident, neighbors remembered Anthony as the young boy with the "big smile".

Strack Pond sits at the bottom of a hill and is surrounded by trees. A bright red sign reads "Danger: Thin Ice" in English and Spanish.

Park Department officials said although the city parks are open all over the year, people are restricted from going near the water bodies.

"There's signs around all these lakes in the city", Healy said.

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