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Teens Thank Firefighters After Dramatic Pond Rescue

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By Paul Johnson

Show Low, Arizona (CNN) - Trapped on thin ice...
Two teens stuck in the middle of a semi-frozen lake were forced to cling to a dead tree for four hours in frigid temperatures before they were rescued. Back on dry land, the teens thanked the crew that came to their rescue. Christian Van Aller and Alex Orten admit they should not have been on the ice and offered apologies to the firefighters who saved them.
Dear firefighters, thank you so much for helping me and my friends get back safely to the ground, we are very sorry for making you come out and do this. we shouldn't have even walked on the ice in the first place...
I regret my choices deeply and again thank you so much for sacrificing so much to save us. i think i can speak for the three of us when i say we promise never to do that again.
A third boy who had made it to shore called for help on his cell phone.


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