Firefighter saves two boys who fell through ice

Posted at 7:37 PM, Nov 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-21 19:37:50-05

DERRY, Nh -- Two boys were recovering after falling through ice in a New Hampshire park Thursday.

The boys were playing street hockey in the park when they noticed a nearby pond had an icy surface. Intrigued, when walked over and began walking on it, thinking the pond was frozen.

About 130 feet into the pond, the ice gave way, and in they fell.

A bystander heard their screams for help and called 911. The boys struggled to stay afloat for 10 minutes before they were pulled out by a firefighter.

At one point, one of the firefighters became caught in the ice himself as he rescued the boys. The ice cut the back of his suit.

The fire battalion chief said people venture out onto ice in November, which can be dangerous because temperature fluctuations do not allow the ice to become thick enough to support a person's weight.