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24-year-old dead after falling through frozen lake

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A neighbor at Eastshore and West Shelby drives spotted the incident and called 911. A neighbor at Eastshore and West Shelby drives spotted the incident and called 911.
A college student, who was home from winter break, near Eastshore and West Shelby drives spotted the incident and called 911. A college student, who was home from winter break, near Eastshore and West Shelby drives spotted the incident and called 911.
One of the men was able to crawl onto the ice. One of the men was able to crawl onto the ice.

(WMC-TV) - Crews pulled two people from a lake in a cold water rescue Wednesday afternoon.

Police say brothers, 24 and 21, were walking on the ice on Coro Lake when it broke. One witness says he saw them fall in the lake. He put his boat in the water, but it became stuck on the ice.

A college student, who was home from winter break, near Eastshore and West Shelby drives spotted the incident and called 911.

"I was just trying to see how it felt outside, and I was like, 'What are they doing on the ice?'" said D'Andre Johnson. "I saw them, they got out of the boat and moved over to the middle of the lake and the ice crack on it ... I ran over there by the fence, and I asked them did they want me to call the police, and they told me yes. So I stayed on the phone."

He stayed on the edge of the water watching as rescue crews fought through the ice. Nearly 40 minutes later both men were pulled from the water.

One of the men was able to crawl onto the ice. Crews pulled him to safety. A rescue crew dug a path through the ice and pulled a second man from the lake. He was trapped for several minutes.

Phillip Harpe, 24, was sent to Methodist Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

"[This] is dangerous. We recommend that you never, regardless of how the ice looks, never walk on ice because there are soft spots and in this case they found that spot," said Memphis Fire Department Lieutenant Wayne Cooke. "Being in freezing temperatures, it will allow the body to continue to be sustained."

Wednesday's tragic events hit many residents hard.

"As I was driving around the lake, I said, 'I hope no kid wants to get out on this ice,' " said Coro Lake resident Ron Wong resident. "It's only about an inch, inch and a half thick. That's not enough to support anybody and this is what happens when people try to do something they shouldn't be doing."

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