Teens Cling to Tree After Frozen Lake Cracks

SHOW LOW, Ariz. (KTLA) — Three teenagers had to be rescued in Arizona after a semi-frozen lake cracked beneath them.

Two of the teens were forced to cling to a dead tree for four hours in frigid temperatures.

The third teen made it over to a snow-covered bank and called for help on his cell phone.

Once they were back on dry land, the teens thanked the crew that came to their rescue.

Christian Van Aller and Alex Orten admitted they should not have been on the ice, and offered apologies to the firefighters.

“Dear firefighters, thank you so much for helping me and my friends get back safely to the ground,” Van Aller said.

“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,” he added.

“I regret my choices deeply, and again thank you so much for sacrificing so much to save us,” Orten echoed.

“I think I can speak for the three of us when I say we promise never to do that again.”

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