Three young brothers who fell through ice into a frigid creek on Sunday were rescued by a teenage neighbor who heard his mother's frightened screams for help, police said.

The brothers, ages 8, 10 and 16, were out walking around noon when they ventured onto the Bellmore Creek's icy surface, which gave way, plunging them into the water, Nassau County police said.

Area resident Maryann Rosati saw the boys in the water behind her home and yelled for help.

Her 18-year-old son, Thomas Rosati, a high school senior, heard her screams and ran outside to a dock on the creek while his mother called police. He pulled the three boys to safety before police arrived.

"They were like yelling, saying like they're going to die," he recalled. "And I was like, 'You're not going to die. Just grab my hand."'

The three brothers were evaluated by members of the Bellmore Fire Department before they were released to their father at the scene, police said.