Two firefighters were also taken to the hospital for hypothermia. From there, three firefighters bared the chest-deep pond and frantically punched through chunks of ice to a hole where the boy fell.
The aunt of the 11-year-old boy who died trying to save his 12-year-old pal called for more "safety measures" to be put in place to keep kids out of harm's way.
After being trapped in the water for about a half-hour, Anthony was pulled out by first responders and transported to a hospital, where he died, authorities told the New York Daily News.
An 11-year-old NY boy died Tuesday after rescuing a friend who fell through a frozen pond, police said.
Firefighters were called around 4 p.m.to Forest Park in Queens.
"Based on his condition when he was removed from the water, there could have been a prolonged period of time he was submerged", Healy said.
The Fire Department of NY said Perez managed to make it roughly 50 feet out on the pond before the ice gave way beneath him. "There is nothing to physically keep these kids away [from the ponds]", Anthony Perez's aunt, Ida Centineo, said Wednesday outside the family's Queens home.
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"This is so sad", said Patricia Coraci, who lives across the street.
The family's neighbors in Middle Village were heartbroken over Anthony's death. "It's a shame that something bad has to happen to this kid".
The pond sits at the bottom of a hill, surrounded by trees, with a winding a path leading to it. At one point, Anthony's friend ventured too far on the frozen pond and fell through the paper-thin ice.
Park Department officials said although the city parks are open all over the year, people are restricted from going near the water bodies.
Healy said, "There are a lot of lakes around the city of NY".
"The ice is not safe. It's not gonna support your weight and it can have tragic consequences".