A boy fell through the ice and died at Strack Pond in Forest Park on Tuesday, police said.
Police responded to the call at 4:05 p.m. When officers arrived on-scene, the FDNY was already there and had fished the boy, 11-year-old Anthony Perez, out of the water, and was performing emergency care on him. The unconscious Perez was then transported to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
FDNY Deputy Chief George Healy said at a press conference in Forest Park on Tuesday that the temperature was well above freezing and there were signs near the pond indicating that the ice was thin.
According to the FDNY, two firefighters went into the icy water to get Perez, who is estimated to have been in there for nearly 30 minutes. The firefighters, who were in the frigid waters up to their chests, were also taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and treated for hypothermia. He added that the firefighters were punching through the ice with their fists to get to the area where Perez was.
Perez lived on 88th Lane in Woodhaven, not far from the secluded pond that is accessed by a dirt hiking path from the park’s paved pathways.
According to Healy, Perez went onto the ice to help a friend who had fallen through and got stuck himself. The friend then quickly left to get help.
The cause of death has yet to be determined by the city’s medical examiner.