Mom tries to save kids from icy pond

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PIKE COUNTY, IN (WAVE) – Two 12-year-olds have died after falling through an icy pond in southern Indiana.

It happened in a rural area of Pike County -- the boy's grandmother says the children went out to play for a few minutes while his mother was finishing up dinner.  She went out to call them in, when she saw they had fallen through the ice.

Air 3 over a heartbreaking scene, broken ice in a southern Indiana pond where two children fell in and died Thursday night.

A mother tried to save the two 12-years-olds, her son Brice Phillips and the 12-year-old girl she was babysitting, Paige Bailey.

Brice's grandmother, who didn't want to be on camera, says once her daughter Ashley Phillips realized the children had fallen through the ice she did everything in her power to save their lives.

Police and firefighters tried to help.  Conservation officers believe Brice and Paige had been underwater for at least 30 minutes in that pond behind the Phillips family's home before they transported to the hospital in Jasper.

But it was too late.

DNR Corporal Joe Haywood says the kids went out for a few minutes to play basketball, when Brices's mother called the children in for dinner and saw one of them in the water.

Investigators say that mother was treated for hypothermia.

Investigators say the deaths are a sad wakeup call-- no ice should be considered safe.

The DNR posted a video reminding everyone ice must be 4 inches thick to support the weight of a person.

The ice on the pond was believed to be only one to one and a half inches thick.