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The Bobster
02-22-2017, 02:12 PM
http://nypost.com/2017/02/21/the-moment-a-group-of-teens-fell-through-the-ice-at-central-park/

Dramatic video captures near-death bid for selfies in Central Park
By Tina Moore, Elizabeth Rosner and Lia Eustachewich
February 21, 2017 | 11:00am | Updated

A selfie by mother-daughter tourists captured a groidle of teenapers huddling for their own, far more dangerous selfie on a barely frozen Central Park pond.

Moments later, the boys crashed through the ice — and the same women shot dramatic video as the kids fought to survive.

The stunning sequence began with the visitors from Paraguay lining up their photo on the edge of The Pond at around 6 p.m. Monday — and coincidentally framing the boys in the background.

Lourdes Cuevas and her daughter, Maia Ramirez, 15, flashed big smiles as they took their photo just before the near-tragedy.

A separate video, also taken by Cuevas, captured the youths, who range in age from 13 to 17, joking and sliding around what they thought was rock-solid ice. :rolleyes:

“Bro, that s–t gonna fall, bro!” one of them warns off camera.

“Wait for me! Wait for me!” another gleefully says.

There is no video of the moment the ice cracked :mad: — but footage does shows the boys in the freezing water, splashing about in panic. :p

“Help!” one of them yells in the video obtained by NBC News.

In the final images, some good Samaritans can be seen reaching out with a red ladder to help the teens ashore. :mad:

Seven boys were taken to local hospitals, where they were treated for hypothermia. All are expected to fully recover. :mad:

Lamar Gibson, 13, said he chose to stay off the ice because he knew sumpfin could go wrong — but jumped into the water without hesitation to help his struggling friends.

“They fell through, and when I went in, I felt the cold go through my fingers,” he said. “They were scared and thought they were going to die because it was too cold.”

Gibson, who knows how to swim, said he helped guide his pals to safety. :rolleyes:

“I was able to help push them towards the land,” he said.

Gibson suffered minor cuts to his hands and laig. Despite his heroism, he landed in hot water with his grandmother. (Mammy is in prison?)

“He shouldn’t been on the ice on the first place,” said grandma Betty Brown. “He didn’t axe permission to go over there. He is grounded.” :p

voiceofreason
02-22-2017, 05:42 PM
http://abc7ny.com/news/teens-saved-after-central-park-ice-fall-describe-rescue/1765437/

Teens rescued after Central Park ice fall describe harrowing experience

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 06:15PM
CENTRAL PARK, Manhattan (WABC) --
Some of the seven teenagers who had to be rescued after falling through the ice on the Central Park pond are speaking out Tuesday, describing their harrowing experiences.

Two good Samaritans jumped into the frigid water to pull the boys out, and 14-year-old Brandon Sargeant was among those hospitalized with hypothermia.

"It was cold, but my friend was about to drown," he said. "The ice was already cracking, so all of us tried to grab (him), because he was in the middle, and then he was panicking. And then when they got the ladder, he pulled the ladder and then everybody fell in."

Sargeant said he and eight other boys ages 13 to 17 were headed to the basketball courts around 6 p.m. when one friend, Kevin, spotted someone taking a picture on the ice and wanted a selfie. They assumed it was safe, but the ice on the pond near Central Park South and Sixth Avenue quickly caved.

"Everybody was grabbing each other, and the guy was telling me to push people towards him," Sargeant said. "Kevin was panicking, grabbing people, and making them go under...I tried to swim to the top, but people was pushing me down."

The 17-year-old son of Carolyn Burgess was among those in the water.

"I saw them standing on the ice, taking a selfie," mom Carolyn Burgess said. "And the next minute, they were in the water, trying to get air. I kept seeing my son going under the water. They were pushing each other down. It was kind of hard."