Clearly not enough teenagers are reading signs these days, because another one walked onto thin ice in Central Park on Monday. And the predictable thing happened, according to the Daily News:
The 16-year-old boy tumbled after the frozen surface gave way on Swan Lake near 61st St. and Center Dr. at 1:15 p.m., police said.
Two nearby NYPD counterterrorism officers — Edward Radoncic and Anthony Dispigna — rushed over. Radoncic ventured onto the ice and dragged the shivering teen out to safety. The boy was taken to Weill Cornell Medical Center and is expected to be fine…
.@NYPDCT cops rescue teen who fell through icy pond in Central Park
"We were able to comfort him & take him to the hospital." Ofcr Radoncic pic.twitter.com/MSX7XICVb1
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) March 21, 2017
More Parks workers will be stationed near the lakes and ponds in the park.
In response to the incidents, the city Parks Department said Monday that it would increase its number of uniformed workers around the pond, which is already surrounded by bright green bilingual signs warning people not to go out onto the ice.
Here are some tips from the Parks Department about how to conduct yourself when you’re near thin ice:
– Ponds and lakes may appear frozen, but venturing onto them is extremely dangerous and can cause potentially fatal accidents.
– Ice must be at least 6 inches thick before it can maintain the weight of a person, and to freeze to the right thickness, the temperature must be well below freezing for weeks.
– Determining the strength of ice is extremely difficult, especially for the untrained.
– NYC Parks posts warning signs along the perimeter of the city’s lakes and ponds.
– Special ladders are also installed around the edges for trained personnel to use in the event of an emergency.