For the second time in two days, emergency responders in New York rescued another person who ignored the warning signs of frozen waterways in Central Park.
The civilian was later identified as a 16-year-old boy who was in the park alone near 59th Street on Monday. Witnesses said they saw the boy dancing on ice while taking a video, but moments later he panicked as the ice fell beneath him.
NYPD counterterrorism officers who were nearby were alerted to the boy in trouble and they immediately jumped into action. A witness took cell phone video of the rescue and provided it to the NYPD.
To get him out, NYPD Counterterrorism Chief James Waters said that officers Anthony DiSpigna and Eddie Radoncic helped formulate a plan to lash two ladders together to help the boy climb out. Luckily, the plan worked and the boy was pulled out of the water by his clothing.
He reportedly was turning blue from the freezing cold and was immediately taken to a hospital. “I’m very, very proud of these officers,” said Waters. “These are what NYPD officers do each and every day.”
Despite warning signs all over Central Park, others have reportedly fallen through thin ice as well, as many as three incidences in the past month. Last Sunday, two teenagers fell through after walking out onto ice but were luckily able to scramble out on their own.
As far as this 16-year-old boy, he is expected to be ok.
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