Ariz. Teens Rescued From Icy Lake: Boys Clung To Tree While Waiting To Be Saved

By Amir Khan on January 4, 2013 12:06 PM EST

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Arizona teens clung to a tree for hours after the icy lake they were playing on started to crack (Photo: Reuters)

Ariz. Teens rescued from an icy lake on Thursday are lucky to be alive. The two teens, whose names have not been released, spent two hours clinging to a tree while waiting to be rescued after the ice around them began to crack. The Ariz. teens rescued from the icy lake clung to a tree while a third teen on the bank of the lake called for help, authorities said.

Ariz. firefighter Jack Gessner made his way across the lake in a waterproof suit, towing a boat with other rescuers. Gessner initially crawled on top of the ice, but had to go through the water once the ice broke from under him.

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The Ariz. teens rescued from the icy lake appeared to be fine, Gessner said.

"I thought it went well," he said, according to Fox News. "It was a really good team effort and everybody did their jobs."

The Ariz. teens rescued from the icy lake were taken to the hospital where they were treated for mild hypothermia. The temperature while they were stranded hovered around 27 degrees.

"Their hands and feet got pretty cold," Fire Capt. Brent Mix said, according to Fox News. "It was dark by the time we got them to shore."

Mix said he often sees teens try to see how far they can go on the icy lake -- a dangerous game.

"Every once in a while we have kids trying to see how far out they can go," Mix said. "That was pretty foolish. There was probably an inch of ice in the middle of the lake."

One of the boys' mother said she is just thankful that the tree was there to save them from falling into the icy lake.

"This is by the grace of God, I'm telling you. I woke up this morning saying thank you, thank you, thank you -- this is my only child," she said. "Thank God the tree was there." 

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