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By Carolyn E. Price     Feb 7, 2007 in Environment
Boys fall through thin ice at Wild Acres Park in Overland, Mo.
Two boys were rescued late Tuesday night from an icy lake in suburban St. Louis after they fell through the ice near the center of the lake. The boys, who are both 15-years-old, had gone about 50 to 75 feet from shore when the ice broke, said Battalion Chief John Moody with the Community Fire Protection District in Overland. They had originally walked onto the ice-covered lake at Wild Acres Park to retrieve a basketball.
The boys fell through a thin patch of ice and the couldn't make their way back to the more firmer ice. A third boy called for help. He had gone out onto the lake with the other two but fortunately did not fall through. A fire dispatcher said that the boys were stranded for up to an hour before rescuers could reach them. "That's a long time," the dispatcher said, declining to give her name.
Moody said the boys were in the water 10 minutes before the emergency call came in just before 6 pm. Both boys were conscious when they were finally pulled from the water. However, one of them wasn't able to walk. They were about 50 feet from each other. "They were very cold and very, very lucky," Moody said.
They were taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of hypothermia. Overland Police Chief Jim Herron said that the boys were conscious, alert and both were expected to make a full recovery.
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