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Third Teen Falls Through Ice in Central Park in 2 Days, Police Say

By  Aidan Gardiner and Ben Fractenberg | March 20, 2017 2:57pm | Updated on March 21, 2017 7:44am

MANHATTAN — Police rescued a teenage boy after he fell through the ice in a pond in Central Park on Monday afternoon, the third time in 24 hours a teen has fallen into water in the park, officials said.

In the most recent incident, the boy, 15, whose identity wasn't immediately released, tumbled into the waters of The Pond near East 59th Street and East Drive about 1:14 p.m., the FDNY and Parks Department said. 

He was conscious and breathing when he was pulled from the water, said Crystal Howard, a Parks Department spokeswoman. Further information about the teen's condition wasn't immediately clear.

"We take these incidents seriously and are investigating new methods to prevent people from going out on dangerous frozen ponds," said the assistant commissioner of parks enforcement, Michael Dockett, in a statement. "In the meantime, Parks will increase its uniformed presence at the pond to deter visitors from such activities."

He was transported to NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. 

There are 17 bilingual safety signs around the pond warning people about thin ice, a Parks Department spokeswoman said.

The incident comes a day after two teen boys fell through the ice at Swan Lake while trying to take photos, according to police.

The 13- and 15-year-old boys fell into the pond at about 7:37 p.m. Sunday and managed to pull themselves out the water, an NYPD spokesman said. They were taken to St. Luke's Hospital for evaluation and released. 

On Feb. 20, seven teens were rescued after falling through the ice at a pond near Sixth Avenue and Central Park South

Six of the teens were treated for hypothermia.