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Two fall through ice in Central Park

Two teens were rescued from an icy pond

Two teens were rescued from an icy pond in Central Park. (Feb. 5, 2013) Photo Credit: Meredith Galante

Two young men plunged through the ice on a Central Park pond Tuesday, setting off a dicey rescue mission that caused a firefighter and police officer to also fall into frigid waters, officials said.

Shortly after 2 p.m., the unidentified duo, ages 19 and 20 and both from the Bronx, were standing in the center of the pond near Sixth Avenue and 59th Street when the ice broke.

One man pulled himself out of the water and onto the ice, while the other was reportedly in the water for nearly 10 minutes.

"He had this look of panic in his eyes," witness Rafael Perez told about one of the men.

"I just kept telling him, 'Stay calm, help is on the way,' " said Perez, who works for the Central Park Conservancy.

A police officer extending a ladder to them broke through the ice and fell into the water, as did a firefighter who attempted to reach them. Another firefighter in a wet suit brought them all back to land, the FDNY said.

The officer and firefighter were treated for exposure and were in stable condition at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Tuesday night.

The two victims were also taken to the hospital and were treated for hypothermia, according to the FDNY.

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