NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An extension cord proved to be a lifesaver for several boys who fell into a frozen pond.
For decades Fellers Pond in Lindenhurst has been a place neighborhood kids use to ice skate. But with recent warmer temperature, three teenagers picked the wrong day to get on the ice.READ MORE: First Alert Forecast: Saturday Snowstorm Could Mean More Than A Foot For Long Island, Up To 6 Inches In NYC
“It just collapsed underneath them! And as my father was saying, they were small,” Brian Reilly told CBS2’s Emily Smith.
Brian called 911 while witnessing the incident through his living room window. Meanwhile, his father, Jerry Reilly, grabbed an orange extension cord from the garage and ran to help.
“I yelled to them, ‘Keep your head above the water. I’m going to throw you this line. Grab the end of it. Hold on tight and I will pull you in,’” Jerry recalled.
The incident occurred on Sunday around 4 p.m. With temperatures in the 40s that day, neighbors told CBS2 it wasn’t a safe decision from the start.READ MORE: Long Island Hoping For Best But Bracing For Worst As Nor'easter Approaches: 'Get Prepared Now'
“I knew it was a bit warm… I said to my father I can’t believe there’s people on the ice,” Brian said.
Fellers Pond only dips about five feet, but with recent snow and rain it was full enough to create a near tragedy for some young boys, something that hasn’t happened in recent memory.
“We’ve been here 25 years it’s the first time I’ve seen anyone go through the ice,” Brian said.
Witnesses say a fourth teenager also fell through the ice. He wasn’t part of the original group, just another person trying to help.MORE NEWS: Remembering Officer Rivera: Wake Today For 22-Year-Old Killed In Line Of Duty In Harlem
The fire department arrived within minutes, but all of the boys had already been rescued. No serious injuries were reported.