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Photo by Robert Stridiron
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Signs posted at Strack Pond where two children were on the ice when one fell in and the other ran for help on Feb. 6.

Updated Feb. 6, 8:10 p.m.

A Glendale boy has died after being pulled from an ice-covered pond in Forest Park on Tuesday.

Authorities identified the victim as Anthony Perez, 11, of 88th Lane who was with another boy at Strack Pond in Forest Park when the incident took place.

According to fire officials, the FDNY responded to a call of a person that had fallen into Strack Pond, in the vicinity of Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive, at approximately 4:05 p.m. on Feb. 6.

Fire officials said that there were two children involved. One of them called for help but it was not yet known if that child also fell into the water. The other child fell into the water, was rescued and provided medical attention at the scene.

Paramedics then rushed the victim to Jamaica Hospital in serious condition. Two firefighters are also being treated for hypothermia, fire officials said.

According to the Daily News, Perez was actually standing near the side of the pond, and it was his friend who fell into the water first. The report said that Perez rushed in to pull his friend to safety but couldn’t get himself back out of the water, and was then submerged under the ice for up to a half hour while his friend ran to find help.

Police could not immediately confirm the details of that report.

Aerial footage from NBC showed how part of the rescue unfolded.

At the scene, the FDNY posted a tweet with photos of the signage around the pond and urged parents to explain the dangers of thin ice to their children.

 

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