Two teenage boys were hospitalized after falling through thin ice into the frigid brackish waters of a small pond on Willowmere Circle in Riverside Thursday afternoon.
Fire officials said the boys were submerged in the pond, hanging onto the ice shelf, when firefighters arrived on scene and pulled them to shore. The boys were treated on scene by EMS and then transported to Stamford Hospital.
Willowmere Circle resident Paul Palmer, 89, said he warned the boys to get off the ice when he spied them walking around the pond. He said the boys ignored his warning.
“It’s beautiful ice skating when it’s right, but we’ve only had one night of real cold,” said Palmer, who is a former Sound Beach fire chief.
When he saw the boys fall into the pond, Palmer said he called 911.
“I knew something was going to happen, so I kept my eye on them,” he said.
Over the years, Palmer said he’s pulled numerous people and pets there who’ve fallen through thin ice.
“I’ve pulled four people out,” he said. “I pulled two boys out one day. I pulled my cousin out one day. You won’t believe how many dogs I’ve pulled out.”