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Boy, 11, pulled out of pond in Naperville after falling through ice

An 11-year-old boy was rescued by Naperville firefighters and police officers after he fell through the ice of an artificial lake Sunday afternoon in the west suburb.

At 4:49 p.m., first responders got a call from someone who saw a child slipping into the water of a frozen retention pond near an apartment complex in the 1300 block of McDowell Road, according to a statement from the Naperville Fire Department.

The boy was spotted in the center of the mostly ice-covered pond and told rescuers that his feet were trapped in the mud at the bottom, the fire department said.

A Naperville police sergeant tossed out a red rescue disc while a firefighter waded into the pond to assist him, the fire department said.

In video of the rescue, the boy swims over to the disc and hugs it as the fire crew pulls him toward the pond’s snow-covered embankment.

Four minutes after arriving on scene, responders successfully got the boy out of the water, the fire department said. He was taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville, where he was listed as stable.

No firefighters were injured during the rescue.