Friday, January 30, 2015

Kids in Dramatic Ice Rescue Cut School

Mom Founds Out Her Son Was Not In Class By Watching Rescue Live On TV.

Two boys, 11 and 13, climbed over the fence at Concrete Plant Park along the Bronx River and went onto the ice where they got into trouble.   (Photo: NYC Park Advocates) Click on image to enlarge.


By Geoffrey Croft

The two kids involved in the dramatic  FDNY ice rescue yesterday on the Bronx River were supposed to be in school NYC Park Advocates has learned.

The friends quietly slipped out of after school at IS. 131 and went down to Concrete Plant Park between Westchester Avenue and Bruckner Blvd.

The boys, who live in the same building, found themselves in trouble after they climbed over the railing and went out onto the ice.

A 13 year-old boy fell through the ice but managed to make it back to shore but the 11 year-old got stuck.

The mother of Rahquan Brooks 11, said yesterday that she found out her child was not in school when she saw her him on TV standing in the middle of the ice.

"That's my son," she said according to a city source.

The tragic disappearance of Avonte Oquendo in 2014, the autistic 14-year-old who was able to walk out of a Queens School unsupervised was not far from her mind.   His remains were sadly found along the East River. 

"The mother was upset how her child was able to leave the school without being detected," the source said.

'"How does this happen,"' she said.

This afternoon Rahquan's grandmother said he knows better than to go out on the ice.  She also said her daughter was going to take him out of that school.

"She's going to change the school because that's not safe," said Annette Ingram.  "Just for him to walk out like that, that not safe at all."

The Department of Youth and Development which runs the after school program says it investigating the incident. 

Ms. Ingram said Rahquan's mother made him go apologize to the firefighters.  

The mother of the 13 year-old was concerned as her son fell inro the icy water.  He was treated for hypothermia. 

NYPD were the first to arrive at the scene and helped calm down the freighted boy. 

FDNY Ladder 54 arrived at the scene five minutes after receiving the call and arriving at 16:39.

By 16:45 the victim and firefighters were out of the water. 

Read More:

WCBS - January 30,  2015 - By Sonia Rincon  

WABC - January 30, 2015 

FDNY Rescues Boy Trapped On Ice In Bronx River At Concrete Plant Park
A Walk In The Park - January 30, 2015

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