Teens Form Human Chain to Save Children From Freezing Pond
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A group of teenagers showed some heroism as they teamed up to rescue two children from a frozen pond in New Jersey, the local ABC subsidiary reports.
Eight-year-old Olivia Heid and her brother RJ were tobogganing at the country club in Middleton, New Jersey on Thursday when their inflatable sled hit a piece of ice and flew over the ridge, carrying them into a cold pond. Rather than freezing in the moment, the group of teenagers quickly took action.
The five teenagers reportedly heard the children's mother, Stephanie Irlbeck, screaming and rushed to her rescue. One of the boys jumped into the pond while the rest formed a human chain to bring the children to safety.
"I picked up RJ first ... the guys jumped in. I was just trying to get her out of the water as quickly as possible," said one of the rescuers, Kieran Foley, while Irlbeck added, "The guys jumped in. And they all formed a chain and distributed it as quickly as possible. "
Irlbeck - who was watching the kids with Rich Heid when the incident occurred - posted about the heroic event on her Facebook and the story went viral.
According to NJ.Com, the 14- and 15-year-old boys were all Middletown High School North students. Some were also reportedly members of the Boy Scouts. Although the pond was not dangerously deep, the children were at risk of hypothermia if they were trapped under the ice.
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