Updated 02/05/2013 09:51 PM
Two Teens Hospitalized Following Fall Into Icy Central Park Pond
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Police say two teenagers were rescued Tuesday afternoon after they fell through the ice of a pond in Central Park and are now in stable condition in the hospital.
The New York City Fire Department says it got the call for the incident at approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Authorities say a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy fell through the ice at the pond in the southeast corner of the park, at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue.
They were rescued using a device that firefighters call a 'horse collar.'
The FDNY said they've been preparing for just this kind of emergency.
"It's hard to believe, but just the other day, we were out there practicing," said Lt. Toby Tarabocchia of the FDNY. "There was a lady pushing her baby in a carriage out on the ice, and we had to ask her please to get off the ice. The ice was thick then. Today, it was only about an inch-and-a-half thick. But there's signs all over the place at Central Park. They have their little red ladders all over, and that's what they're for, to distribute the weight if you're going to try to get somebody in."
Officials say the two teens were under the water for about 10 minutes.
They were taken Cornell NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, according to officials, where they received treatment for hypothermia.
Another two Parks Department employees who tried to rescue the teenagers also had to be rescued, according to fire officials.