Two Ga. Teens Die in Icy Pond

DACULA, Ga. --

Two of the three teens who fell into an icy Dacula pond have died, authorities said.

Gwinnett County firefighters were called to rescue three teenagers, males ages 13-15, who were trapped in a pond Saturday afternoon just before 3 p.m. on Daniel Park Run.

CPR and advanced life support measures were initiated by rescuers at the scene and were continued at the hospital.

"This is a very tragic situation. Our thoughts and prayers are now with the family and friends," said Captain Tommy Rutledge, spokesman for Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services.

The third victim is currently hospitalized in stable condition.

Firefighters responded after witness reported that three teenagers fell through the ice in the middle of a pond in the Daniel Park Subdivision in Dacula.

Crews found one teenage male victim on the ice in the middle of the pond. He was near the area where they had fallen through and was trying to locate the other two. Firefighters coaxed him to the banks and began treating him for hypothermia and shock. He walked on his own to the shore and was conscious and breathing at the time.

The Fire Department's Swiftwater Rescue Team deployed a boat in the water and made access to middle of the pond, through the broken ice. The team was not immediately able to locate the boys near the ice at the surface. They used ten-foot pike poles to check the water and were finally able to locate the boys at the bottom of the pond. It is estimated that the pond was almost 8-10 foot deep where the boys were located. They were under the icy waters for about an hour when they were rescued.

As a proactive measure, the Gwinnett Fire Department issued a news release Friday, warning citizens to "stay off the ice."

According to the 911 Center, police have responded to almost thirty reports of children playing on frozen bodies of water across the county over the last two days.

The names of the three victims have not yet been released.

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