This selfie-culture is becoming way too dangerous.
In an attempt to capture a selfie with ice covered water, six overzealous teenagers plunged into the Central Park pond. The water was freezing and the teens had jackets and backpacks around them. Inevitably, they started to sink.
This is the time when two heroes risked their lives and saved all of them from the deadly situation.
The two rescuers were Australian male models, Bennett Jonas and Ethan Turnbull. They instantly decided to tag-team for the rescue.
Jonas jumped in the water pulling the teenagers out and passing them to Turnbull who remained at the shore. It was relatively easy for the brave men to rescue four of them, but two sunk deeper in the ice. However, they managed to drag them out of the icy cold water.
“When I got about waist deep two of the kids jumped on top of me and pulled me under. I had to pick them both up and throw them to Ethan. I then grabbed a ladder and pulled the next 2 in. Behind them were two lifeless bodies that I knew I couldn't get too. I swam out and grabbed the last two guys and was able to get them to shore and keep them alive,” Jonas said with a trembling voice in an interview.
Both the models took to social media to share their experiences and thanked everyone who had checked in on them after the life threatening incident.
@ethanturnbull and I tonight went out to Skateboard around Central Park. Passing a frozen lake we saw a group of 6 kids go though the ice. We ran over and immediately we're put in the toughest situation I think We will have to go through. 6 kids screaming for help being pulled down by each other, soaking backpacks and huge jackets. I had to make a decision to get in the middle of that or watch them drown. When I got about waist deep two of the kids jumped on top of me and pulled me under. I had to pick them both up and throw them to Ethan. I then grabbed a ladder and pulled the next 2 in. Behind them were two lifeless bodies that I knew I couldn't get too. I swam out and grabbed the last two guys and was able to get them to shore and keep them alive. I feel humbled and grateful that God called me to be there tonight, I'm still shaking and am completely shook by what I experienced, but I'm alive and so are 6 other kids who got very lucky tonight.
'Right place right time' - Fortunate enough to have been in the position to help multiple younger generation New Yorker's today. With out the help of my Buddy @bennett_jonas the outcome of this event would have been much different. Thanks to all the friends and family that have checked in 😊 NYC #helpingothers #nbc #nbc4ny @nbcnews @dailymail
On the other hand, the FDNY cautioned New Yorkers not to attempt anything similar on Twitter with a picture of the ice the boys fell through.
All praise to the models! The teenagers were taken to the hospital and are safe now.
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