NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A youngster from Queens is recovering after falling into an icy pond in Central Park.
It occurred close to 59th Road and Fifth Avenue on Monday.
CBS2’s Nick Caloway spoke to the boy and his mother.
The teenager is doing okay, due to the heroics of a stranger. The boy’s mother is sending out a honest thanks to that hero.
The 14-year-old boy was heard screaming for assist after falling via skinny ice within the partially frozen pond.
Just a few hours after that terrifying incident, Caloway talked to the boy and his mother at their house in Astoria.
“And that water was as much as his shoulders. And I even requested my son, I stated, ‘You have been scared?’ And he stated, ‘Yeah,’” the mom stated.
At round 2 p.m. a vacationer was recording a video when he heard loud cries.
“I hear ‘Assist! Assist!’ And I hear like ice cracking. I look over there, there’s like a child within the water,” Luciano Bogomolni stated.
That’s when good Samaritan Dan McFadden grabbed an ice rescue ladder and jumped into motion.
“I simply grabbed the ladder. I had one finish. It’s nearly a six-foot, seven-foot ladder made out of wooden. I gave him one finish, he held on, and I used to be in a position to assist pull him out,” McFadden stated.
The teenager was taken to the hospital to be checked out.
His mother stated she knew her son was going to Central Park with pals, however she didn’t know he would stroll out on the ice.
She stated she thinks Parks Division officers ought to monitor ponds like this to ensure extra youngsters aren’t harm.
“If it’s not allowed to go on there, there must be someone watching, as a result of it’s harmful,” the mom stated.
Even after that incident, CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis nonetheless noticed a bunch of individuals strolling round on the ice, apparently unaware somebody had fallen via simply hours earlier.
Earlier this month, there was a dramatic rescue from New Jersey’s Passaic River after a mother and her 2-year-old daughter fell through the ice.
The boy in Monday’s incident stated he’s rethinking the concept to exit on the ice.
He’s shaken up, however okay. He’s now again house in Astoria, with a mom who’s grateful for the stranger who saved her boy’s life.
“As a result of if that man didn’t assist my son return up, my son wouldn’t be right here proper now,” she stated.
Along with warning indicators posted throughout, metropolis parks officers advised CBS2 they strongly discourage guests from strolling on ice as a result of it’s not often frozen sufficient to face up to an individual’s weight.
CBS2’s Nick Caloway contributed to this report