BARRINGTON, R.I. -- A trip out onto Brickyard Pond in Barrington turned into trouble for three teenagers when they fell through the ice around 6 p.m. on Monday.
When rescue crews arrived, a firefighter fell in, too.
All four were taken to the hospital to be evaluated for varying degrees of hypothermia.
Firefighters said the boys fell in about 75 yards out into the pond at Veterans Memorial Park. One of them was able to get out and walk to shore.
Ren Lamotte and other high school students were playing hockey at the outdoor ice rink right next to the pond. They saw the three victims go out on the pond.
"It wasn't a big deal at first, but then they went out of sight and we kind of thought they were gone," said Lamotte. "Then, we saw one person come out and he didn't look too good, but he called 911 and in the distance we could hear the other two screaming for help."
Just as rescue crews arrived, the two boys who were still in the water were also able to get out on their own.
Firefighters said the boys had been in the cold water 10 to 15 minutes. They were up to their necks and holding on to the ice.
A firefighter fell through the ice as he was looking for them.
Even though he was wearing an ice suit, water got in and he, too, was treated.
The boys, ages 15 to 17, had skates and hockey sticks with them on the pond despite the fact that there is the rink next to it.
While a small and apparent old photo on the park sign depicts people playing hockey on the pond, a sign posted 20 feet away states "no skating."