2 Teens Die After Falling Through 2 Separate Icy Ponds In New Jersey

Sean Adams
January 23, 2020 - 7:51 am
Fatal Icy pond NJ

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EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. (WCBS 880) — Two teenage boys have died after falling through two separate icy ponds in New Jersey on Wednesday. 

Rescue crews first responded to three teenagers falling through an icy pond on Civic Center Drive in East Brunswick around 5 p.m., officials say.

Two of the boys called for help after they were able to get themselves out of the water.

“The boys called 911 and then once we got the call, officers in the building actually ran out to the pond, which is, like I said, right behind us,” East Brunswick Police Lt. Frank Sutter said.

Several officers formed a human chain in attempts to reach the 13-year-old who was stuck under the ice.

Eventually, fire crews pulled the boy out and rushed him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Six police officers and two firefighters suffered from hypothermia, officials said.

Two of those officers and one firefighter were later transported to an area hospital to be treated.

The second incident occurred in Carteret, where witnesses say despite signs to keep off the ice, they spotted a group of teens skating on the pond.

“Usually around this time, the surface freezes so they go skating on it, but I don’t think it’s that cold to make the whole thing frozen, so that’s why it maybe broke,” neighbor Salma Ebrahim told WCBS2.

The Carteret Fire Department says the two teens fell in the water, but only one was able to get himself out.

Rescue crews were able to pull the second teenager out within an hour, and rushed him to University Hospital in Newark.

The victim was later identified as 15-year-old David Tillburg.

Tillburg's aunt, Ann-Marie Silva called the WCBS 880 newsroom to confirm her nephew's death. 

Silva warns other children to not go on any ice without adult supervision, or unless it is deemed safe.

A Go FundMe page has been started for Tillburg.