Two of them were being treated at a hospital on Tuesday evening for hypothermia, he said at a news conference at the park. The latter walked a considerable distance on the pond which was covered by a layer of ice and fell through the ice at 4 p.m. EST, according police sources. Sources say he was trying to help his friend, a 12-year-old boy, get back to shore.
A 11-year-old boy died Tuesday after saving his friend who fell into the water through a thin sheet of ice of a pond in Queens in New York City.
Officials said he fell through the ice in Forest Park sometime before 4:05 p.m.
"There are a lot of lakes around the City of NY, and especially for children, they may be enticing this time of the year", Healy said. However, when they got Perez to dry land, he wasn't breathing, paramedics performed CPR and rushed him to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
"I'm going to call him a hero: He's a hero", said Carmen Rivera, 51, who lives near the Perez family, per the Post. "We implore parents - make sure your kids know the ice in the city of NY, on these lakes and ponds, is not safe".
The family's neighbors in Middle Village were heartbroken over Anthony's death.
Coraci said, "It stinks. It's a shame that something bad has to happen to this kid".
Strack Pond sits at the bottom of a hill and is surrounded by trees.
Officials said Perez and another child were out on the frozen pond despite a sign for thin ice being near it.
"There are a lot of lakes around the city of NY, and especially for children, they may be enticing this time of the year", he said. "Especially to children, they might be enticing at this time of year".
Officials warn that with the temperature above freezing Tuesday, icy ponds throughout the five boroughs will not support the weight of people, even if the ice appears thick.
"The ice is not safe".