14-Year-Old Plunges Through Ice In Central Park

As CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reports, there are clear signs warning of the danger, but that didn’t stop two teens from getting dangerously close.

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KRISTINE JOHNSON: Begin with the breaking news happening in Central Park where this afternoon a teenager fell through the ice.

MAURICE DUBOIS: It happened at the pond their Fifth Avenue and Central Park South. CBS 2's Jenna DeAngelis live now with the details. Jenna.

JENNA DEANGELIS: Well, Maurice and Kristine, I want to show you there are clear warning signs in this area. And the whole pond isn't even frozen over. But that didn't stop two teens from getting dangerously close. One actually fell into the water. But witnesses tell us he got out before police arrived.

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JENNA DEANGELIS: A 14-year-old boy yelling for help while appearing to be stuck in a partially-frozen pond. Tourist Luciano Bogomolni recorded this video when he heard the loud cries.

LUCIANO BOGOMOLNI: And I hear "help, help." And I hear, like, ice cracking. I look over there. There's, like, a kid in the water trying to get out and his friend right next to him trying to take him out. And then a guy came with a ladder trying to take him out.

DAN MCFADDEN: So I just grabbed a ladder. And I had one end. And it's about a 6 foot, 7 foot long ladder made out of wood. And I just gave him one end. And he held on. And I was able to pull him out.

JENNA DEANGELIS: That man saw the entire ordeal play out while he was walking through Central Park around 2:00 PM, saying the teens were playing on thin ice at the edge of the pond.

MAURICE DUBOIS: It was scary. But, I mean, like, you know, he was playing where he shouldn't have been. So, I mean, you know, you got to be careful. You got to be smart.

JENNA DEANGELIS: Even after the incident, we still saw a bunch of people on the ice. And in previous years, we've reported on people falling through despite danger signs in the area. And early this month, there was a dramatic rescue from New Jersey's Passaic River after a mother and her two-year-old daughter fell through, scary reminders to stay off the ice.

I want to give you a look at that ice rescue that was used to get the teen out of the water. Witnesses tell us that teen was drenched and appeared to be shaken up. Police say he was taken to a local hospital to be checked out. We're live in Central Park, Jenna DeAngelis, CBC 2 News.

MAURICE DUBOIS: OK, Jenna, thank you.