Two boys were rescued after they fell through thin ice on a pond in Brockton Saturday evening.

Police said the boys were on a pond off of Crescent Street that is behind the Plouffe School. The boys, who are 9 and 12 years old, ended up going too far into the middle of the pond and fell through the ice. Their three friends, who did not go onto the ice, ran to get help.

"I stopped a car, they turned around and came back," said one of the boys.

The two good Samaritans in the car ran onto the pond and broke through the ice to rescue the boys. The 9-year-old was pulled out right away but they were unable to locate the 12-year-old. 

Firefighters said the boy was completely submerged in the murky water when they arrived. They said he did not have a pulse and was not breathing when they finally pulled him from the pond but rescue crews were able to revive him.

"It could have been my kid, or my nephews, but you know I’m thankful for what they did. I’m just praying that those two kids are OK," said Elizabeth Ortiz, whose son is one of the boys who ran to get help.

The boys are now recovering in the hospital and one of them is in critical condition. Brockton Public Schools said they will have counselors and support staff on hand at school Monday to help students following the rescue of their classmates.

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