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A teenage boy died this week after he fell into a frozen lake in Colorado, authorities announced.
In a post to social media, the fire department said three of the teens were saved by neighbors who "used hoses, ropes and extension cords — whatever they could grab — to pull them out."
The good Samaritans could not reach the other boy, who was in "deeper water" and farther from shore, the West Metro Fire Rescue said. He was later rescued by the department's dive team and transported to a local hospital.
According to The Denver Post, the teen was later pronounced dead. He could not be legally identified by the Douglas County Coroner's Office, the outlet said.
The three other teens who fell through the ice were "ok," the West Metro Fire Rescue announced in a tweet.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife recently shared a video of a ranger demonstrating the danger of walking on a frozen lake.
"When the job description says 'other duties as assigned' this is what we mean," the department said in the caption of the video.
"Ranger Cate at our Staunton State Park recently went out onto the ice wearing an ice suit to show how dangerous thin ice can be," they continued. "Be aware of ice & weather conditions before you head out."
When interviewed by NBC affiliate KUSA, a resident who lives near the lake warned others about venturing out onto the ice.
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"Just don't do it," she said. "It's not what you think it is, don't get on the ice."
"It looks like it's frozen, but it's probably not that thick, and it's not safe," she added. "It's not safe at all."