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Child drowns under ice in Forest Park

By Brendan Walsh and Sal Burgess
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Police at the spot where the young boy drowned under the ice in a pound in Forest Park.
Police at the spot where the young boy drowned under the ice in a pound in Forest Park. PHOTO: SAL BURGESS/ NYC911NEWS.

Forest Park, Queens- On Tuesday afternoon, two children were playing on an iced-over pond when one of them fell through the ice, about 50 feet from the shore, according to officials.

Firefighters arrived on scene shortly after the incident and immediately located the child, a young boy, submerged under the ice.

FDNY Deputy Chief George Healy stated that firefighters used their bare hands to chop through the ice to get at him.

After freeing the child from under the ice, firefighters and EMS began CPR and rushed him to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to officials.

Two firefighters were treated for mild hypothermia at a nearby hospital, according to the FDNY.

Chief Healy urged all parents to instruct their children that ice is not safe to walk on. “It won’t support your weight. Please stay off the ice,” he said.

Police at the spot where the young boy drowned under the ice in a pound in Forest Park.
Police at the spot where the young boy drowned under the ice in a pound in Forest Park. PHOTO: SAL BURGESS/ NYC911NEWS.