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Teen ice rescue caught on camera

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INDEPENDENCE, MO - Firefighters rescued a teen who fell through ice on a pond in Independence, Missouri.

And as Peggy Breit reports, it was also caught on camera.

(Peggy Breit/ Independence, MO):  Sherry Webber seeks out blessings every day, and she comes to beautiful areas like this to photograph what she finds.

Yesterday, her cameras captured a rescue which she says, could have turned out much differently.

(Sherry Webber/ Captured Rescue Video):  The rescue team, they were indeed the blessing of the day.

They were called upon in a time of dire emergency.

The 16-year old boy fell through thin ice, and at first, came oh so close to getting out on his own.

(Sherry Webber/ Captured Rescue Video):  I captured him struggling trying to get out of the icing waters and onto the ice. But it wasn't working.

A police officer tried to reach the teen with a branch.

But then firefighters with the right equipment arrived, and took over.

They had just had a refresher course on ice rescues last week.

Using all their skills, they grabbed the young man up, and were pulled to shore.

By this time, sherry knew the teen had no energy left.

(Sherry Webber/ Captured Rescue Video):  I am absolutely certain if these rescue teams hadn't responded when they did, this young man would not have had much time in which he could endure the frozen icy waters out there.

Sherry's hope is that parents can use her video for a teaching moment to show kids how dangerous ice can be... And to show what a tremendous job first responders do.

(Sherry Webber/ Captured Rescue Video):  It was extremely impressive, collaborative team effort down the line.

(Peggy Breit/ Independence, MO):  The teen suffered from hypothermia... but is expected to make a full recovery.

In Independence, Peggy Breit, KMBC 9 News.