An 11-year-old Queens boy playing with a friend on an icy pond near his home died after he fell through the thin sheet of ice and into the frigid water on Tuesday afternoon, the authorities said.
The boy, Anthony Perez, had walked about 50 feet onto Strack Pond inside Forest Park when the ice suddenly gave way around 4 p.m. The boy plunged into the water, and his friend ran to get help. The Fire Department arrived within four minutes of a 911 call, and three firefighters began a frantic effort to rescue the submerged boy, the authorities said.
The firefighters jumped into the pond in their regular uniforms and broke up chunks of ice with their hands wading through chilly, chest-high water toward the hole where the boy fell. They pulled Anthony out of the water, holding him as firefighters on the shore reeled them back to safety with a rope.